Priority 22 from the Oral and Dental Health PSP

UNCERTAINTY: What interventions are best at managing tooth grinding/clenching? (JLA PSP Priority 22)
Overall ranking 22
JLA question ID 0079/22
Explanatory note

Not available for this PSP


Despite some promising results, the evidence base for all treatment options (splint therapy, behavioural interventions, pharmaceutical interventions) is extremely limited and no definitive statements regarding the most appropriate treatment can be made.

For full details of the evidence checked, please see the spreadsheet of data held on the JLA website.

Health Research Classification System category  Oral and gastrointestinal
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples Original questions concerned the availability of non/ invasive techniques for treating teeth grinding and clenching in all age groups. Which work best? Should relaxation techniques be factored in, or can patients rely on mouthguards? Is teeth grinding considered a serious problem by dental health practitioners?
Submitted by  3 x patients, carers or members of public
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0079
PSP name Oral and Dental Health
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP 38  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 12 December 2018