At Forestside Dental, we help to repair damage caused by teeth grinding. Involuntary grinding of the teeth can cause jaw pain and mouth sensitivity. Bruxism - the medical term for teeth grinding - can lead to other dental issues when left untreated. Here at our highly recommended dental practice, we offer treatments to prevent bruxism and protect your healthy smile.
Causes of Teeth Grinding
There are many reasons why a person may grind their teeth. Teeth grinding often happens subconsciously. It can be an involuntary response to specific triggers or a coping mechanism. Bruxism can even happen when a person is sleeping.
Common causes of teeth grinding include:
- Sleep apnoea
- Drugs, smoking and alcohol
- Caffeine consumption
- Certain prescription medications (including SSRIs)
Whatever the cause may be, if Bruxism is left untreated, it can lead to more serious dental problems.
How Serious is Bruxism?
Grinding your teeth occasionally is unlikely to cause lasting damage. However, chronic grinding down of the teeth can be serious and result in the need for extensive dental repair work in the future.
Bruxism can cause the following symptoms:
- Frequent headaches
- Jaw/mouth pain
- Gum and teeth sensitivity
- Damaged and weakened teeth
- Face/neck and shoulder pain
- Sleep problems
Grinding your teeth throughout the night while you sleep can cause pain in your face every morning. Alongside an aching jaw, people with bruxism also experience frequent headaches and can have trouble falling asleep. The sound caused by teeth grinding can also keep your partner up at night and prevent them from sleeping soundly.
When Bruxism is not treated, the constant grinding can cause teeth to become weak and prone to sensitivity issues. When the enamel of your teeth is worn down, they are more at risk of cavities, decay and breakage. Chronic teeth grinding can also lead to tooth loss. Here at Forestside, we have many treatments available that can repair your teeth and revive your smile, such as veneers and dental implants.
Sleep Clench Inhibitors
The best teeth grinding treatment we offer at Forestside is our hassle free sleep clench inhibitors. Our top of the range mouthguards prevent your teeth from clamping together during the night. The sleep clench inhibitors reduce movement of the three core jaw muscles, making it difficult for your teeth to rub against each other.
If you think you are suffering from Bruxism, book a consultation with our expert dentists today. Our friendly team will make you feel at ease and will determine the severity of your condition. We will develop a bespoke treatment plan and invite you back to the practice for your sleep clench inhibitor fitting.
To keep your teeth and gums safe and healthy, it is important that you remember to wear your mouthguard every night. Regularly using a sleep clench inhibitor will effectively reduce the side effects of bruxism and keep your teeth in good condition for years to come.
Make a routine appointment at our private dental practice in Dibden Purlieu and discover if sleep clench inhibitors are the best treatment for you.
How to Treat Teeth Grinding
Not everyone who grinds their teeth does so in their sleep. Bruxism can be a response to emotional distress and is commonly found to impact people with specific personality traits. If you are someone who struggles with anger, stress or frustration, teeth grinding may be an involuntary coping mechanism.
Our mouthguards can effectively treat teeth grinding, but the following can also ease bruxism and the associated symptoms:
- Breathing techniques
- Ice packs to ease jaw pain
- Paracetamol or ibuprofen to ease pain
- Regular exercise to reduce stress
- Counselling to resolve anger or stress issues
- A relaxing bedtime routine
- Regular dental check ups
Learning to manage your feelings in healthy ways can help to minimise teeth grinding. If you are in a lot of pain, paracetamol can help you to feel more comfortable, and ibuprofen can reduce any swelling.
Drugs, alcohol and smoking are all linked to bruxism, and your GP can signpost you to services and programmes designed to help you quit unhealthy habits. If your bruxism has been left untreated for several years, we offer several cosmetic dentistry services that will repair and rejuvenate your smile.
Protect Your Teeth With Forestside!
At Forestside Dental, our expert team offers a bruxism prevention service. Teeth grinding can lead to several issues, and our treatment will protect your healthy smile. If you are prone to involuntarily grinding your teeth, contact our team today to discuss sleep clench inhibitors.
Call our team today on 023 8087 9088 for more information on our teeth grinding treatments. Alternatively, fill out our user friendly contact form, and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.