Tooth Grinding in Salford

Many people grind their teeth and often it is worst at night when you are unaware of the damage that is being caused. Your partner may complain about the noise and you may be waking up with sore teeth or aching muscles of the face. Your quality of sleep may be poor and you may suffer from repeated broken teeth and restorations.

This problem is often linked to migraines.

Following a careful investigation of the problem we can often offer a treatment that involves wearing a small custom made splint over your front teeth which stops your face and neck muscles from over tensing. This can lead to improved sleep and a relaxation of those tensed muscles.


Tooth grinding, or bruxism, is the involuntary clenching, grinding, or gnashing of the teeth. It can occur during the day (awake bruxism) or at night (sleep bruxism). Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder, and individuals who grind their teeth at night are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring or sleep apnea.

The exact cause of bruxism is not always clear, but several factors may be involved, including stress, anxiety, abnormal bite, missing or crooked teeth, and sleep disorders. Some people may grind their teeth as a coping strategy or from habits developed during deep concentration.

Signs of tooth grinding include:

  • Jaw soreness or pain, especially in the morning
  • Headaches starting in the temples
  • Damage to teeth, such as chipping, flattening, fracturing, or loosening
  • Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of the tooth
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Earache-like pain without ear problems
  • Indentations on your tongue or damage to the inside of your cheek from biting

If left untreated, tooth grinding can lead to tooth damage, jaw disorders, headaches, and severe facial or jaw pain. Chronic bruxism may also lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which affect the movement of the jaw.

Treatment for bruxism depends on the cause. Options may include:

  • Stress management and relaxation techniques
  • Mouthguards or splints to protect the teeth from grinding during sleep
  • Dental correction to align the teeth properly
  • Behavior therapy to change grinding habits
  • Medications such as muscle relaxants in severe cases

Yes, children can grind their teeth, especially during periods of growth or when they are experiencing stress. Most children outgrow bruxism without treatment, but it's important to monitor their teeth for wear and consult a dentist if you have concerns.

Preventing tooth grinding involves addressing the underlying causes. Stress reduction, practicing mindfulness or meditation, establishing a soothing bedtime routine, and avoiding stimulating substances in the evening can help reduce bruxism. Additionally, being mindful of not clenching or grinding during the day and practicing jaw relaxation techniques can be beneficial.

While a mouthguard won't stop the act of grinding, it can protect your teeth and reduce the strain on your jaw by distributing the force more evenly. Custom-fitted mouthguards provided by your dentist are often more effective and comfortable than over-the-counter options.

In many cases, bruxism can be effectively managed or reduced, especially if it's caused by stress or anxiety. When related to dental issues, correcting the bite or alignment of teeth can often alleviate grinding. However, some individuals may continue to experience bruxism and require ongoing management.

For more information on managing and treating tooth grinding or to schedule an appointment, please contact our dental practice. Our team is here to help you achieve relief from bruxism and improve your oral health.

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