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Teeth grinding and clenching

Consequences of teeth grinding and clenching

Teeth grinding and teeth clenching

Teeth grinding and teeth clenching are extremely common. This is also known as ?bruxism? named. It occurs in both children and adults and one does this more frequently and more intensely than the other. Teeth clenching or grinding often happens at night during sleep, so it is usually the partner who notices this. But also during the day there is a lot of clamping and grinding! For example, consciously or unconsciously in situations of stress or concentration. The forceful sliding of the upper and lower jaw over each other can cause wear of the teeth. Your teeth and molars then become shorter or narrower. The teeth are, as it were, 'eaten'.

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The consequences of teeth grinding and clenching and the use of a grinding mouthguard

Teeth and molars can also become loose, fillings come loose or break and the splint comes loose. It is also detrimental to the recovery of inflamed gums. The jaw muscles can increase in volume and sometimes temporomandibular joint complaints occur. To remedy these complaints or to prevent these consequences, the dentist can manufacture a grinding mouthguard. We also call this nightguard, splint or bite plate. This ensures that the upper and lower jaw no longer touch each other, so that your own teeth no longer have to absorb these forces.

There are also factors that can significantly exacerbate wear, such as an incorrect position of the upper and lower teeth. If teeth and molars ?locked? they come into contact with each other unfavorably when eating and talking normally. So it can sometimes be wise to first investigate what we can improve so that the interplay of forces in the mouth is better balanced. We call this a reconstructive examination. So we will first analyze and put in order the foundation of the teeth and not just fight symptoms. So we do not look at the individual teeth, but at the total picture. For this you can always schedule an intake where we discuss the various options.

Teeth grinding and clenching usually happens without symptoms.
Some symptoms of bruxism that are known;

  • Tired jaw (jaw muscle pain)
  • Difficulty opening and closing the jaw
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Jaw joint complaints
  • Wear
  • Press edges in the soft areas of the cheek
  • Loose restorations
  • Aborted restorations
  • Loose splints
  • Radiating pain to ears, arms, hands, etc.


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Frequently Asked Questions about Teeth grinding and clenching

My dentist says I need a grinding bit, but I don't have any problems myself. Is this necessary?

Often teeth grinding or clenching is symptomless. However, tooth wear can occur due to the forces that act on the teeth. To prevent further wear, it is wise to have a grinding bit manufactured.

I recently got a grinding bit, but my complaints have increased instead of decreased. How is this possible?

At first you will have to get used to the grinding bit. This could increase the complaints. These complaints will subside after 3-5 days.

When should I wear my grinding guard?

Basically you wear the mouthguard when you grind or clench or when you expect to do this. For most people this applies at night.

How should I clean my grinding mouth guard and how often?

Clean your grinding bit daily with a stiff brush, soap and lukewarm water. Do not use warm or hot water as the mouthguard may deform. Toothpaste contains abrasives and can roughen the plastic, making it easier for dirt to adhere.

I have had a treatment at the dentist and now my grinding mouthguard is no longer in the right position, is this bad?

The grinding bit must fit well on the teeth, otherwise the effect may decrease. If something changes in the dental situation, for example due to new fillings, a crown or bridge, always take the grinding mouthguard with you to check whether it still fits properly.


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