Bruxism (Grinding of Clenching Teeth)
Teeth grinding or clenching is a very common condition which is also known as bruxism.
Common signs of bruxism include headaches, damaged teeth, broken fillings, pain in the jaw, a grinding sound whilst sleeping or popping of the temporomandibular joint.
There are a number of explanations for bruxism including malocclusion (where the teeth and jaw are misaligned), complications associated with rare diseases, the side effects from some medication used in the treatment of depression and the outcome of stress, anxiety or anger.
Many people who grind their teeth at night are unaware.
Bruxism can have a large impact on oral health, causing increased tooth wear or damage and if not treated soon enough can also lead to temporomandibular joint issues. If untreated it is likely that complex and costly treatment options will be required in the future.
A professionally made mouthguard is the most effective treatment option for bruxism.
This prevents teeth from scraping on each other at night whilst sleeping. It is possible that some teeth restoration via crown or fillings will be required if bruxism has been left untreated for too long. If you grind or clench your teeth during the day, the use of electronic biofeedback devices is usually the best option.
The electronic device helps to train people how to reduce muscle activity when the grinding force becomes too much.
Most Effective Treatment Option for Bruxism
A professionally made mouthguard is the most effective treatment option for bruxism. This prevents teeth from scraping on each other at night whilst sleeping.