Teeth Grinding – Everything you need to know about bruxism
City of London Dentist Dr Veronica De Zan talks about teeth grinding and mouthguards.
If you have any questions you can contact Veronica.
Stressed at work? City life taking its toll? Do you wake up with a sore head and achy jaw?
You may be one of many people who are grinding their teeth. This is a common problem caused by stress. In order to relieve your symptoms and protect your teeth you might be in need of a mouthguard or nightguard.
Pop into Smilepod and book a consultation with myself or one of the other friendly and experienced dentists who will be happy to discuss solutions with you. I have detailed a few of the symptoms to look out for – see if any of this sounds like you.
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Some people have a habit of grinding their teeth during sleep. This is called bruxism. Most people are not aware of their bruxism. Only an estimated 5% go on to develop symptoms, such as jaw pain and headaches which require prompt treatment. A sleeping partner or parent may pick up on the behaviour first, although sufferers may notice pain symptoms without understanding the cause.
Clients may suffer a whole range of symptoms including: anxiety, stress and tension, earache, headaches or migraines, chipped or broken teeth, gum recession, neck pain and, most commonly, a sore or painful jaw. If you have any of these symptoms, come and see me and I can look at making you a custom-made mouthguard or nightguard.
To create your guard all we need to do is to take a mould for a bite plate, sometimes known as a mouth splint. Although wearing a guard will not stop you from grinding your teeth, it will help relieve all kinds of symptoms and prevent temporomandibular joint problems (TMJ) as well as unnecessary wear and tear on your teeth.
Researchers classify bruxism as “a habitual behaviour and sleep disorder.” The effects of bruxism can be easily identified by your dentist. What they will see is exposed dentin and pulp, which are normally hidden by tooth enamel.
Over time, if left untreated, the dental damage will increase. If enough enamel becomes abraded, the softer dentin will be exposed, increasing the possibility of dental decay and tooth fracture.
Sadly, despite being treatable, bruxism is the leading cause of occlusal trauma and a significant cause of tooth loss and gum recession. The causes of bruxism can be quite varied, ranging from allergic reactions or medical ailments, to trauma (such as a car crash), to a period of unusual stress. Once bruxism becomes a habit, early intervention by a dentist is strongly advisable.
Should you have any questions, get in touch with any of our studio managers or myself.
Dr Veronica De Zan, Dentist at Smilepod Bank (located near to Monument, Aldgate and Bank Underground and a short walk from Fenchurch street) discusses the implications of teeth grinding and the best treatment plans.
Book an appointment with Dr De Zan