Bruxism is a common condition that causes people to clench and grind their teeth. This can cause substantial damage to the teeth and to jaw joints which in turn can cause a condition called TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder. Symptoms include jaw or tooth pain and TMJ and bruxism can cause chronic headaches.
If you think you may have TMJ or bruxism, please make an appointment to come and see us as soon as you can. Bruxism tends to be a nocturnal habit and Dr Peter Poulos can often treat this condition by supplying a custom-made night guard. This is made from a hard thermoplastic material and prevents clenching and grinding, helping the jaw muscles to relax during sleep.