Dental Bruxism Treatments
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the habitual grinding or clenching of the teeth. This can be damaging to your teeth, jaw joints, and facial muscles, as the forces applied during grinding or clenching are estimated to be 20 times greater than when chewing. Bruxism is a common cause of tooth pain and sensitivity.
If our dentist at Lifetime Dental Studio in Sevenoaks, suspects that you have a bruxism habit, they will recommend the appropriate action to prevent symptoms and protect your teeth and restorations from fractures. The presence of a grinding or clenching habit may also limit the choice of materials and restorations that can be used to repair your teeth.
What is the treatment for bruxism?
To help prevent the damaging effects of bruxism, our dentist may recommend wearing a soft bite guard at night while you sleep. This 2mm thick, soft silicone device fits over the lower teeth and acts as a cushion, preventing the tooth-on-tooth contact that occurs during bruxism. It removes destructive forces from the teeth, protecting them and encouraging the muscles controlling the jaw to relax and reduce tension headaches.
How long does treatment take?
It is recommended to wear the bite guard each night. In some cases, the bite guard may help to break the grinding habit over time. After a period of 6-12 months, our dentist may advise you to stop wearing it for a couple of weeks to see if the habit persists or returns. The bite guard should last for a few years, and it is important to bring it to your check-up appointments so that our dentist can ensure it is still in good condition and fit for use.