Worldwide, more than 80% of the population grinds and clenches their teeth.

Our teeth were never meant to accommodate the strain brought on by the continued grinding and clenching. Daily hours of compression or grinding (when done over a longer period of time) can cause irreparable damage to the teeth, the periodontium, and the temporomandibular joint. These forces exert far more pressure than the process of chewing itself.
This continuous and excessive exposure to stress is not only harmful to the teeth, but also adversely affects (after a period of time) the entire radius of the tooth bed. As a consequence, teeth can lose their stability or even break. Initial tooth loss brings forth an imbalance, which produces discomfort in the area of the gums, the jaw muscles, and the temporomandibular joint. Without eliminating the root cause and the propagation of the deterioration, more and more invasions (each time, increasing in complexity and involvement) become necessary, eventually, rendering the patient without teeth. Available therapies range from different types of splints to osteopathic care (more information at the clinic). Mis-arranged teeth, uncared for teeth, missing teeth, or non-orthodontically treated malocclusions can be triggers for:

  • conditions such as TMJ pain
  • painful tensioning of the mastication muscles
  • ringing of the ears
  • trigeminal neuralgia, etc.
  • ailments of the spine, such as neck, shoulder or back pain/tension
  • symptoms such as tinnitus, dizziness, postural problems, insomnia, etc.
  • headache, unilateral migraine.
After several studies of migraines and headaches, the WHO came to the conclusion that more than 90% of headaches ought to be examined by a dentist.
From the standpoint of dental medicine, the causes for craniomandibular dysfunction occlusion are due to:
  • misalignment of teeth
  • uncared-for gaps
  • deficient restorations (including orthodontics)
  • and (especially) psycho-emotional stress
In the field of medicine, a dysfunction of the masticatory system is known as craniomandibular dysfunction (CMD).