Tooth grinding (bruxism) is a disorder that affects up to 80% of the population at some point during their lives. Bruxism is the grinding of teeth and clenching of the jaw that causes tooth wear, sensitive teeth, breakages, pain in the muscles of the face and limited movement of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint), migraines and headaches. Both children and adults are affected but it is most common in adults over 25 years old. Most people grind and/or clench their teeth occasionally and it is usually worse during stressful periods such as exam time, moving house, divorce etc.
This problem is unfortunately not curable but is eminently manageable by making a splint/night guard which can be worn during sleep. This will reduce the grinding and also the wear on the teeth because the acrylic it is made from is softer than tooth structure and the appliance will wear rather than the teeth. The muscles of the face and neck will relax and in many cases this can help migraine and headache sufferers.