Clenching & Grinding

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Excessive clenching and grinding can cause hypersensitive teeth, aching jaw muscles, and headaches. Clenching can be caused by stress and anxiety, abnormal bite, missing or crooked teeth or a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Most clenching and grinding can go unrecognised as it often occurs during our sleep.

About how we treat clenching & grinding

It is important to see a dentist if you feel you may be clenching or grinding as if this is left untreated your natural teeth can be worn down to root stumps. Once diagnosed there are dental appliances called ‘splints’ that can assist patients and prevent damage from happening to their natural teeth. A splint is a clear retainer that is worn over the teeth at night for patient to prevent grinding their natural teeth.

At Wisdom Dental & Denture Clinic, we offer digital milled splints that are made on site. These splints are digitally designed which means the fit is 100% as there is no human error. Our splints not only fit perfectly over the teeth, but they also are made with a strong material to avoid the patient from grinding it down or breaking it.

FAQ's & useful info about clenching & grinding

It is common for people to unknowingly be clenching or grinding their teeth while they are asleep. Many times it is a bed partner who may be the first person to notice grinding noises.

Here are some common signs and symptoms that may be an indication you are clenching or grinding your teeth:

  • Popping/clicking joint noises
  • Muscle pain and/or tightness in the jaw
  • Some difficulty to open your mouth wide
  • Headaches
  • Wear patterns or ‘potholes’ in teeth, or other signs of damage
  • Bite marks on tongue and cheeks
  • Sensitive teeth

There are many factors in our current society that may cause bruxism. Some may be the following:

  • Poor lifestyle habits such as smoking, drug use, bad diet, sleeping problems
  • Emotional stress
  • Occlusal bite disorders

Bruxism can also be caused by a medication side effect.


At Wisdom Dental, we digitally measure and create a dental splint that can be worn while you sleep to prevent you from further grinding and damaging your teeth.

Because we digitally measure your smile, we ensure a super comfortable fit to help you comfortably wear the splint. The process and creation of the splint is made completely in-house, ensuring you get nothing but the highest quality.

Everything 100% Australian made within our clinic

All our dental and denture products are produced onsite by us. No outsourcing, nothing foreign, just the best possible quality for our clients.

Experienced, qualified, friendly dental professionals

Not only are our team fully qualified and accredited, our years of dental experience is delivered to you with a smile.


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