The treatment of teeth grinding and bruxism in Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is characterised by grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaws. This is often done subconsciously both during the day and at night whilst asleep.
Teeth grinding affects around 10% of the population. It can occur in both children and adults but is most common in 25 – 44 year olds.
What causes teeth grinding?
Although the causes of teeth grinding are not fully understood, it is thought that 70% of cases are due to anxiety and stress.
Teeth grinding can have damaging effects
Teeth grinding and clenching can have significant harmful effects including:
- Damaged teeth because they become worn down, fractured or chipped.
- Poor sleep quality for the person concerned and their partner.
- Tension type headaches and migraines.
- Tender jaw and neck muscles.
- Frequent tooth aches.
- Limited mouth opening and closing.
We can help you - treatments for teeth grinding
The commonest treatment for teeth grinding is a dental splint. This splint is worn at night and can be very effective in reducing the symptoms of teeth grinding.
The splints work by reducing jaw muscle activity. This prevents you from clenching your teeth together at the level of intensity which brings on the symptoms.
The splints also protect the teeth from damage and premature wear.
They reduce the noise of teeth grinding and may therefore improve your partner’s quality of sleep.
If you suffer from teeth grinding and need help please call
us on 0121 323 4492 or use our form