Various factors including an abnormal bite and anxiety may be attributed to tooth grinding – also known as Bruxism. Let’s delve into the reasons behind why people grind their teeth, the results of this and how it can be prevented.
The Causes of Tooth Grinding
Tooth grinding often happens during sleep, so many are unaware of the problem until pain occurs. However, tooth grinding can also happen during the day.
Stress and anxiety can trigger tooth grinding, but it may also be triggered by an abnormal bite, a missing or cracked tooth, or a sleep disorder such as sleep apnoea.
The Effects of Tooth Grinding
If you regularly wake up with a headache and/or a sore jaw, it is likely that you are grinding your teeth in your sleep. Additionally, those that grind their teeth may:
Damage the tooth structure
shorten the teeth
Cause crack or breaks
Damage the structure of the jaw
Treating Tooth Grinding
Thankfully, there are a wide variety of methods for treating bruxism, and your dentist will be able to advise you what the best method for you.
Soft Bite Splint
If you do not suffer from headaches or jaw pain because of tooth grinding, you may be advised to wear a soft bite splint to help prevent further wear of the teeth.
Hard Bite Splint
A hard bite splint may be used in cases where jaw pain and clicking is a problem. It may also be used to help move the jaw back into its normal position and reduce strain from the Tempero Mandibular Joints (TMJ). This reduced strain effectively relieves the wearer from the associated pain.
One of the most modern solutions for tooth grinding is the Cerezen device. The device is custom-made to suit the shape of the ear canal shape in the wearer, and printed using a 3D printer. The aim of the device is to keep the ear canal in an open jaw position, which results in a reduction in grinding, clenching and the associated pain.
Love-Teeth Dental Practice
If you are concerned about jaw clenching or tooth grinding, make an appointment with us today. We’ll assess any damage to your teeth and discuss the treatments available. Please call 0161 773 7080 or book your appointment online.