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Pemberton Dental
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Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Headaches caused by teeth grinding - Bruxism

Some headaches and migraines can be caused by tooth grinding or clenching. These are collectively referred to as bruxism which is a parafunctional habit. For many people the tooth grinding goes unnoticed and may cause no dental signs or symptoms but for others it can result in headaches and tooth wear.

If the headaches are dentally related then the symptoms can be relieved by using a small bite guard called a Sleep Clench Inhibitor (SCI formerly NTI-tss ) which reduces the activity of the clenching muscles.

Waking up with a ‘muzzy’ head is a good indicator of night time clenching/grinding (nocturnal bruxism). If you take painkillers frequently for headaches then an SCI appliance could break the habit and reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches and migraines.

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