Bruxism Treatment in Byford
Bruxism is a condition characterised by clenching or grinding of the teeth. It can cause damage to the teeth, jaw, and other oral structures. At Byford Smiles, we offer treatments for bruxism that can help to reduce or eliminate the symptoms and protect the teeth and prevent further damage.
Overcome Teeth Grinding with Bruxism Treatment
Advantages of Bruxism treatment
Prevention of permanent dental damage.
Grinding and clenching your teeth can wear down the enamel, making them more susceptible to decay. The condition can lead to tooth loss, gum disease, and even jaw problems if left untreated. The damage to the oral structures can be reduced if bruxism is detected early.
Encouragement of proper jaw alignment.
Patients with bruxism often complain of tense jaws, particularly after waking up. They clench and grind their teeth at night when their jaw is tense. In the presence of a specialized nightguard, the proper spacing between the upper and lower jaws is maintained.
To preserve your oral function.
Most people with bruxism do not experience significant problems, but some severe forms can make it difficult to chew, speak, and swallow. Untreated bruxism can lead to tension headaches, migraines, jaw pain, and TMJ disorders.
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FAQ's About Bruxism Treatment
A dentist may suggest ways to improve or preserve your teeth if you or your child suffers from bruxism. However, these methods may not stop bruxism even if they prevent or correct the wear on your teeth:
- Splints and mouth guards.
These appliances are designed to fit over your upper and lower teeth, preventing the damage caused by clenching and grinding. Splints and mouth guards can be made from hard acrylic or soft materials.
- Dental correction.
Dentists may recommend reshaping the chewing surfaces of your teeth as part of bruxism treatment. However, for severe cases wherein wear and tear have led to sensitivity or inability to chew, crown placement may be needed.
Cracks or fractures of the teeth are the most common result of teeth grinding. When this happens, the tooth’s outer surface, enamel, is worn away, and the dentin underneath it is revealed. As a result, the teeth become more sensitive to pressure and temperature changes.
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) can also be damaged by bruxism. The lower jaw bone attaches to the skull at the joint on either side of the mouth. Prolonged jaw clenching can disrupt the normal gliding and mechanics of the joint, causing TMJ dysfunction.
Untreated bruxism may lead to problems with the jaw muscles and joints. Losing teeth is a possibility as well.