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Teeth Grinding Treatments & Symptoms

Bruxism, commonly called teeth grinding or clenching, often occurs unconsciously while you’re asleep, although it can also happen during the day. It’s a fairly common condition, affecting around 10% of adults and up to 15% of children.

Symptoms of Bruxism:

  • Teeth grinding or clenching, often loud enough to wake up your sleep partner
  • Teeth that are worn down, flattened, fractured, or chipped
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw, neck or face pain or soreness
  • Tired or tight jaw muscles
  • Dull headache originating in the temples
  • Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
  • Indentations on your tongue
  • Disrupted sleep

If not addressed, chronic bruxism can lead to other problems such as the wearing down of tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and even severe dental damage like loose or cracked teeth. It can also lead to pain in the jaw joints and muscles, and can even change the appearance of your face.

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Diagnosing bruxism

When you visit our clinic for a dental exam, the dentist will examine your teeth for signs of bruxism. During your subsequent appointments, the dentist will also examine your teeth to check if the process is progressing and determine if getting treatment is necessary.

Causes of bruxism

If your dentist thinks you have, you will have to answer questions about your daily routines, general dental health, medications and sleep habits.

The dentist will check for the following to determine the ex your bruxism.

  • Visible dental abnormalities such as broken or missing teeth
  • Jaw muscle tenderness
  • Other damages to inside the teeth, underlying bone and teeth through dental x-rays

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Treatments for Bruxism:

Dental treatments for bruxism

If you need serious treatment, your dentist may recommend one of the following methods to correct the damage caused by bruxism and improve your teeth.

Splints and mouthguards

Splints and mouthguards are for separating the teeth while sleeping to prevent the effect of grinding and clenching the teeth. The splint and mouthguard are made from cost materials or hard acrylic and placed over the upper or lower teeth.

Dental correction

If the grinding and clenching are severe and result in teeth sensitivity or prevent chewing properly, you may need to reshape the chewing surface of your teeth or use a crown.

Other interventions

Apart from the dental intervention for managing bruxism, you may need anxiety or stress management therapy, biofeedback and behavioural changes to manage this problem.

Generally, your treatment for bruxism will depend on the extent and cause of the bruxism.

Our dentists at Thousand Smiles can provide the right intervention for bruxism and treatments for damages caused by this condition. Call us today on 020 8050 0280 to book an appointment with our experienced dentist.

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