Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when you’re awake (awake bruxism) or clench or grind them during sleep (sleep bruxism).
Sleep bruxism is considered a sleep-related movement disorder. People who clench or grind their teeth during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing (sleep apnoea).
Cause of Bruxism
Doctors don’t completely understand what causes bruxism, but it may be due to a combination of physical, psychological and genetic factors.
• Awake bruxism may be due to emotions such as anxiety, stress, anger, frustration or tension. Or it may be a coping strategy or a habit during deep concentration.
• Sleep bruxism may be a sleep-related chewing activity associated with arousals during sleep.
• Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to wake up your sleep partner
• Teeth that are flattened, fractured, chipped or loose
• Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of your tooth
• Increased tooth pain or sensitivity
• Tired or tight jaw muscles, or a locked jaw that won’t open or close completely
• Jaw, neck or face pain or soreness
• Pain that feels like an earache, though it’s actually not a problem with your ear
• Dull headache starting in the temples
• Damage from chewing on the inside of your cheek
• Sleep disruption
How can we help
The most common and effective treatment involves protecting the teeth are occlusal splints.
These splints have different names (occlusal bite guard, bruxism appliance, bite plate, night guard), vary in appearances and properties, but in essence, they are all designed to prevent inadvertent tooth movement.
They have been found to be the most successful as they protect the teeth from premature wear, reduce jaw muscle activity and the noise of teeth grinding. This means that the user need not worry about ruining their teeth (or any dental work they may have) and their bed partner will not be disturbed by the noise.
There are multitudes of appliance design that we provide.
Here are just two types of the bite splints that we commonly provide.
Sleep Clench Inhibitor (SCi & SCi+)
Previously known as NTI-tss, the SCi is an FDA approved treatment for TMD, bruxism, and medically diagnosed migraines. With excellent clinical results, they hve been proven to relieve patient symptoms.
cost: start from £220
Worn on teeth at night to protect from grinding and clenching, night guards are great for preventing tooth wear
Botox Treatment for Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
Bruxism is the medical term for unconscious teeth clenching and grinding, either while awake or asleep, which can lead to physical painful and severe dental problems. Chronic teeth grinding can cause headache, earaches, facial pain, and even migraines. Dental problems from bruxism include loss of tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and flattening and/or chipping of the teeth. Bruxism sufferers who grind and clench their teeth while sleeping frequently wake up with a sore jaw.
Enlargement of the main chewing muscle (masseter, which may lead to the appearance of a severe square jaw, is another side effect of bruxism.
Treatments with botox can provide tremendous relief from jaw soreness, headaches, and other unpleasant problems associated with Bruxism by relaxing the muscle. It can also soften the appearance of the jaw line.
Although botox injections are not a cure for bruxism, they can effectively control the uncomfortable symptoms better than a nightguard for some patients. It also has the potential added benefit of SLIMMING THE JAWLINE. Botulinum toxin used for treating bruxism typically lasts for three to four months.
Cost: £280 per session
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