At Museum Dental Suites we are often asked about tooth grinding. Stress can take its toll on us in many forms. Some of those effects can be pain caused by bruxism (teeth grinding) as well as a condition called temporo-mandibular disorder (TMD). At our clinic we have a lot of experience in helping patients with their tooth-grinding problem. We work with physiotherapists and osteopaths, we make different types of fitted splints to wear to ease the pain and we also produce cerezen inner ear devices to aid with the discomfort.
Bruxism is the medical term for tooth grinding or gnashing of teeth. Tooth grinding involves the jaw and its muscles and the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) giving symptoms of jaw-ache. Symptoms can range from a mild sleep disruption right through to pain that is so severe that a sufferer cannot sleep or eat and is unable to work.
Children can be affected as well as adults, but the main age range is between 25 and 45. There are two types of bruxism:
There are many causes and it is often it can be difficult to pinpoint any one cause, but some of the possible causes can be:
The most common are:
Occlusal splints are one form of treatment reducing the strain on muscles. Laboratory-constructed plastic splints, bespoke to each patient, are made to address and reduce the effects of tooth grinding. Improvement is often noticed fast with this method of treatment.
Anti-stress medication and lifestyle changes can help in the cases where anxiety and stress are a causative factor. Some patients find the use of botox into the muscles of the jaw can also be very helpful.
In some cases, orthodontics to move teeth into a better position may be an option.
Sometimes a more complex treatment protocol is needed to reorganise the bite by first relaxing the muscles using an occlusal splint followed by adjusting very specific points in the teeth and fillings and adding other teeth so as to re-equilibrate the bite and balance the chewing system to bring the bite in line with the TMJ.
Prices range from £600 to £2000 for courses of treatment.
At Museum Dental Suites you can discuss your end options with dentists who are on the forefront of education and who train other dentists in advanced and cosmetic dental work. You can be sure of expert, trustworthy and gentle treatment with a definitive treatment plan and cost estimate supplied before any work is carried out.