Splint Therapy in Kippa Ring

Many people suffer from the effects of grinding and clenching their teeth. The long-term effects are distressing for the person doing the grinding, or bruxism, as it is also known. This destructive action can cause major damage to your teeth and can also place extra stress and tension on the joints and muscles of your face and jaw.

Grinding of the teeth (bruxism) at night is an automatic reflex of the neuromuscular system and can place severe pressure on the teeth, jaw joints and muscles. Bruxism can actually cause teeth to crack, chip and may even cause them to move, as the forces generated during this process are many times greater than the usual chewing forces.

Bruxism affects the jaw joints and muscles by causing the muscles, which move the jaw,to become tired and sore. This pain is generally felt in the temple region and can feel like a tension headache. Most of these types of headaches are actually caused by muscle spasm from too much clenching and grinding. If you are suffering from an unexplained and vague earache, or your jaw is popping, clicking or locking when you open wide, this could indicate a problem with the jaw joint) the Temporomandibular joint or TMJ).

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