Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Prevent Damage & Pain from Teeth Grinding

What is Bruxism

Grinding TeethBruxism, also known as tooth grinding, is the medical term for clenching or grinding teeth.

NTI Device – Grinding

This is a usually a hard plastic acrylic appliance, fitted by the dentist to cover the surfaces of either your upper or lower teeth. It is generally used for night-time wear, and can help alleviate the symptoms of T.M.J. pain, which is often made worse by a person clenching and grinding their teeth at night.

Why Do We Grind And Clench Our Teeth?

Teeth grinding and or clenching may in fact be a symptom of a Sleep Disordered Breathing problem.

When the airflow to the lungs and hence the blood is interrupted the body’s natural reaction is to initiate a “fight or flight” response. (see section on Sleep Apnoea).

Muscular responses to the airflow (oxygen) crisis initiate jaw movements such as clenching and or grinding.

Teeth Grinding / Bruxism Symptoms

Grinding and clenching of teeth ( may be indicators of Sleep Disordered Breathing problem).

  • Clicking or locking jaws
  • Headaches – including Migraines
  • Limited jaw opening
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ear)
  • Eye pain and light sensitivity
  • Pain around the head and face
  • Balance problems
  • Neck and shoulder problems

Treatments for Teeth Grinding Habit


Nighttime tooth guard appliance eg NTI appliance


Dental Facial Orthopaedics ie Correction of Mis-aligned jaws using ALF appliances


grinding teeth treatment CorkSpecific exercises used in our Myofunctional Program help relax the muscles of the jaws, face and neck and have been shown to greatly alleviate:

  •       Jaw Joint Problems
  •       Tooth Grinding
  •       Sleep Apnoea

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