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.

Treatment Duration

30 minutes


From £800

Team Experience

25+ years

Recovery Time

24 hours

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★★★★★ (4.9)

Written by: Prof Dr Christian Mehl

Clinically reviewed by: Dr Raul Costa

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    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.

    What happens when you grind your teeth?

    Firstly, it can lead to tooth wear and damage. The enamel, which is the hard outer layer of the teeth, can wear down, exposing the more sensitive dentin underneath. This can result in tooth sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods and drinks. In severe cases, grinding can lead to cracked, chipped, or even loose teeth.

    Furthermore, bruxism puts a strain on the jaw muscles and joints. This can lead to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, characterized by pain or discomfort in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles. Symptoms can include a clicking or popping sound when moving the jaw, difficulty in opening the mouth wide, and even headaches or earaches.

    Chronic teeth grinding can also impact overall oral health. It may cause or exacerbate gum recession and lead to loss of bone around the teeth. In addition to physical effects, bruxism can disrupt sleep patterns, leading to sleep disturbances both for the person grinding and their sleeping partner.

    Treatment options include wearing a mouthguard at night to protect the teeth, stress management techniques, and addressing any underlying sleep disorders. Regular dental check-ups are crucial for monitoring the effects of bruxism and implementing timely interventions.

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    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.

    dental bridges specialist prosthodontics Christian Mehl

    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.

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    • Klasser GD, Rei N, Lavigne GJ. Sleep bruxism etiology: the evolution of a changing paradigm. J Can Dent Assoc. 2015;81:f2. PMID: 25633110.
    • Mark AM. What is bruxism? J Am Dent Assoc. 2021 Sep;152(9):788. doi: 10.1016/j.adaj.2021.06.012. PMID: 34454650.
    • Manfredini D, Ahlberg J, Lobbezoo F. Bruxism definition: Past, present, and future – What should a prosthodontist know? J Prosthet Dent. 2022 Nov;128(5):905-912. doi: 10.1016/j.prosdent.2021.01.026. Epub 2021 Mar 5. PMID: 33678438.
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