Bruxism (teeth grinding) treatment
Teeth grinding is the most obvious form of bruxism, which is an excessive muscular activity that results in prolonged and extremely vigorous contact between the teeth, unrelated to normal function, such as eating or talking. It usually happens at an unconscious level during sleep, but it can also occur during the daytime.
Bruxism can become a health concern as it wears away dental substances very quickly. It can also trigger the onset of other conditions such as chronic pain, toothache, headaches, and tinnitus. It can affect people of any age.
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What happens when you grind your teeth?
The most obvious result of bruxism is damage to the teeth, such as wear, chippings, discolourations, cracks, fractures, etc. But this dysfunction can also be associated with jaw and neck pain, headaches and sleep disruption.
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DR RAUL COSTA
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Specialist in Prosthodontics & Dental Implant Surgeon
DR CÉLINE HIGTON
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DR SHRAVAN CHAWLA
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Frequently Asked Questions
What are the consequences of teeth grinding?
Tooth wear is irreversible, in the sense that teeth do not grow back. This damage can start affecting normal function and appearance. Sometimes bruxism can also result in severe jaw pain and temporal mandibular joint disorder.
What can you do to stop teeth grinding?
Early diagnosis is essential to avoid extensive irreversible damage to the teeth; that is why our dentists are very experienced in identifying signs of bruxism. The easiest way to prevent damage is to fabricate a highly precise night guard, which can be crucial in order to avoid excessive tooth wear through the years. Botox injections in the chewing muscles can also be very effective although they only work for a certain period of time.
Certain changes to lifestyle, aiming to reduce stress levels, are more difficult to implement, but ultimately are the best way to deal with this disorder.
Can teeth affected by Bruxism be repaired?
Bruxism ends up affecting the function and appearance of the teeth, but this can surely be reversed. Thanks to adhesive restorations, such as composites, ceramic veneers and overlays, this can be achieved with virtually zero invasion, seriously rejuvenating a smile in a very predictable way.