Problems with clinching and grinding of the teeth are age old and in todays times the stress is causing this to be increased. Typical signs of clenching and grinding are flattening of the teeth. If you can take your lower front teeth and bring them together with the upper front teeth end to end as if you were biting sandwich and you see that they meet like a lock and key, that’s because they have been groundin that way. Also the back teeth when you see notching and chipping at the gum line. This is caused from flexural.
Bending of the teeth under bite pressure, and it causes this notching and recession which can lead to sensitivity and decay at the gum line. But there is much more involved here than just the teeth. As the muscles in the jaw contract, it can trigger other muscles in the head and neck to contract. leading up to the temples, ear pain can result, shoulder and neck pain is not uncommon from clenching and grinding. and as the shoulder and neck muscles contract it can even get up into the base of the skull and you can get headaches.
Now grindguard n is available. it is a very unique device . . it has a unique central power bar . . the rest of the tray is soft and pliable as it is formed and the central focus of force is at the upper and lower midline. This creates a nerve stimulus, somewhat of a bio feedback response that becomes uncomfortable for the patient to bite down with the same intensity that they would if that central power bar wasn’t there. This is what GrindGuard is doing. You can help protect your teeth. You can reprogram the.