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Teeth Clenching and Grinding

If you’re greeted each morning with tight jaw muscles, an inability to yawn without discomfort, and a range of clicking and popping sounds that emerge from either one or both jaw joints – chances are you’re nights are filled with clenching and grinding – and the result can be a host of muscle pain and jaw joint issues.

South West Calgary Dentist – Dr. Shairoz Meghji explains that chronic and acute episodes of teeth grinding and clenching are very common in adult patients – and also be diagnosed in pre-teen and teenaged patients.  It is considered to be an involuntary habit – usually occurring during sleep, though not limited to times of sleep – and can invoke symptoms that range from severe headaches, blurred vision, ringing in the ear, tight and painful facial muscles, sore shoulders and neck, and of course the often mentioned clicking and popping of jaw joints.  Dr. Meghji and her team at Apple Dental Group on Elbow Drive are experienced in diagnosing and treating the many signs and symptoms of Teeth Clenching and Grinding and advise patients to seek treatment sooner rather than later so that the destructive nature of grinding doesn’t do irreparable damage to teeth and surrounding tissues.

Teeth Clenching and Grinding is a very common dental concern – affecting more than fifty percent of the population.  Sometimes described as a physical expression of stress that becomes heightened during times of anxiety – teeth grinding and clenching can also be the result of an imbalanced bite that induces the need to make teeth fit together by the clenching of muscles.  The action of clenching and grinding puts unnatural force and tension on facial muscles and ligaments and leaves its calling card with the tell-tale signs of shortening of teeth, loss of tooth anatomy and increased tooth sensitivity.

Dr. Shairoz Meghji stresses the importance of not ignoring ongoing clenching and tooth grinding as the damage that occurs to teeth and other oral tissues can be significant.  Patients who experience tooth grinding and clenching present with more gum issues than non-grinders.  The force and movement exerted on teeth during grinding causes gum tissue to become inflamed and resulting areas of recession are observed.  This can be especially frustrating for patients who diligently brush and floss their teeth – as the effects of clenching and grinding can cause a patient to experience ongoing gum problems and destruction of tooth anatomy.

The good news is that wearing a splint or night guard can prevent further loss of tooth structure and soft tissue damage.  The use of a splint also provides relief to sore muscles and can provide therapeutic help to patients dealing with muscular pain caused by clenching and grinding of teeth.  Dr. Meghji and her staff are happy to discuss treatment options that help control teeth grinding and welcome patients’ enquiries.

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