Jaw clenching is the cause of a sore jaw and may even lead to the dislocation of the temporomandibular joint. You may also experience clicking and locking of the jaw.
– Bruxism originates from the central nervous system and can be triggered by stress, anxiety, alcohol consumption, smoking, and medications.
– Symptoms include worn tooth enamel, chipped or fractured teeth, earaches, headaches and tooth sensitivity.
– Your dentist will help to reduce the effects of grinding or clenching and minimize the symptoms.
Dental fabricated nightguards are designed to provide a stable bite that does not interfere with a healthy, comfortable jaw closure. Adjustment of the device by a dentist can help reduce contraction of jaw muscles during bruxism, which may minimize jaw joint stress and protect tooth enamel.
Dr. Sam Etemadi DDS Lund University – Sweden July 1998
Dr Sam Etemadi DDS graduated from Lund University in Sweden with a degree in dental surgery (DDS) in 1998. His career has encompassed both national health and private practice with a particular interest in cosmetic dentistry. Dr Etemadi also has a special interest in endodontics (root canal treatment) and holds a certificate in endodontology gained from University of Chester.