• Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

    Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

    Most people don’t even know that they grind their teeth because it usually occurs during sleep. Quite often awareness is gained by someone sleeping nearby who is woken by the sounds of grinding. The effects of grinding can be; sore jaws, painful facial muscles, headaches, tiredness after a nights sleep and sensitive teeth. Teeth can become chipped or worn so they appear shorter than they should. A pathological grinder can destroy their teeth over time.

    There can be a range of causes that predispose the grinding of teeth and these are; stress, some diseases, familial grinding habits and for no apparent reason. Quite often as dentists we pick up the signs of teeth grinding and as with many complaints early diagnosis and treatment gives optimal results. The easiest and most successful way of helping teeth grinders is to have a night guard made which is worn during sleeping. It appears similar to a mouth guard and separates the teeth so damage cannot occur. If there is a psychological factor causing grinding referral to get counseling and possible medication to decrease stress may be helpful.

    With severe grinding where there has been heavy damage to the teeth it may be necessary to reconstruct the teeth. This can be carried out by making crowns and veneers to restore lost tooth structure. Back teeth may have metallic crowns made which minimize wear and can take heavy bite forces.

    Correct management of pathological teeth grinding can make a huge difference to the well being for a sufferer.

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