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Teeth Grinding

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If you grind your teeth a lot, you should see a dentist to prevent permanent damage. Many things can lead to clenching or grinding your teeth. These could be things like the way you live or how you act, or when you’re trying to focus on something. And also happens when you sleep. Call your local dentist in Ealing today.

You may find that you clench or grind your teeth without realising it, whether awake or asleep. If you grind your teeth (called “bruxism”) only a little, you may not need to see a dentist. However, if you grind your teeth a lot, you should see a dentist to prevent permanent damage.

The Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

You might not even know you’re grinding your teeth in mild cases. It might take a dentist or a member of the family to notice. Some of the signs and symptoms that you might be a teeth-grinder are:


  • Clenching or grinding your teeth
  • Fractured, cracked or chipped teeth
  • Tooth loss
  • Flattened or worn teeth
  • Increased tooth pain or sensitive teeth
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles, including locked jaw
  • Pain or soreness in your jaw, neck, face or ears
  • Headaches
  • Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
  • Disrupted sleep

If you are unsure about your grinding, then schedule a meeting with us if the pain lasts more than two days, you have broken teeth, or there is pain in your ears when you open your mouth.

Common Causes of Teeth Grinding

Some common things cause teeth grinding and, depending on what it is, can affect how bad it can get. Some of the most common teeth grinding causes are:


  • Increased stress, anxiety or frustration
  • Age – common amongst young children
  • Personality – including competitive or hyperactive
  • Medications
  • Family history
  • Other medical disorders such as sleep-related disorders, including sleep apnoea

If you experience any of the symptoms mentioned or feel you have any of the causes, please visit the Stunning Smile Centre as soon as possible to avoid worsening the problem.

When to Come and See Us

If you are unsure about teeth grinding or bruxism, talk to your Stunning Smile Centre dentist in Ealing and book an appointment to see them as soon as possible if:

  • Pain lasts longer than a day or two
  • Your pain is severe or starts to become unbearable
  • You have an earache or pain when opening your mouth wide
  • You have chipped, cracked, loose or worn teeth
  • You are concerned about teeth clenching or grinding

 What to Do if You are in Pain

If you’re in pain and need emergency dental care, call us, and we’ll get you in as soon as possible.

What to Do Next

Our dentists at Stunning Smile Clinic can tell you more about some possible treatment options. We suggest you make an appointment with a dentist to talk to an expert about getting rid of your pain and improving your oral health. Treatment includes:

  • Treatment for TMJ disorder
  • Dental checkup and X-ray

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