Bruxism

In our Kingston dentist we treat bruxism, which is the involuntary act of clenching and grinding the teeth. It can occur in various forms, some mild and some more severe. People with a mild form of bruxism may not have any symptoms whereas more sever cased of bruxism can cause problems such headaches, TMJ (temporomandibular joint discomfort), muscle aches, and abnormal tooth wear.

Bruxism

Bruxism can happen during both the day and night, although sleep-related bruxism is often the bigger problem because it is harder to control.

The main cause of bruxism is unknown, but possible causes might be the psychosocial factors; stress and anxiety. No specific drugs exist to treat this problem. The only treatment that is proven to be effective is the bite or splint.  This is a type of shield, when positioned between the upper and lower teeth, protects the tooth enamel and encourages realignment of the jaw, at the same time minimising the effects of bruxism.

If you are a bruxist, do not wait to protect your smile! Call us for a consultation and find out how we can help you.

 

 

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