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.
Highly recommend Museum Dental Suite. Their work is of the highest calibre, professional and friendly. I'm very thankful they for excellent aftercare advice and for making me relaxed and so well treated. I've recommended them to both my family and friends.
I have been undertaking a cosmetic treatment (Invisalign) for around eight months here, off the back of a recommendation of a friend who had the same treatment. The professionalism and perfectionism with which my treatment was delivered was outstanding, as was the general service and were all of the staff I encountered.
My dentist Dr. Wahab Shakir was particularly great, with a friendly, reassuring manner and an eye for detail. He always went above and beyond, without ever being asked.
I'm now almost at the end of my treatment and couldn't be more pleased with how treatment has gone. Given the service and end result I'd also consider it excellent value for money.
Keep up the good work Museum Dental Suites!
Firstly what a great dentist, all the staff were friendly and very helpful as this was my first time here.
I had called for an emergency appointment due to a sudden cracked tooth and Dr Wahab Shakir despite the end of day fast approaching (30 minutes till close) he said he would see me.
The treatment was not straight forward due to the crack but Dr Shakir after a lengthy time managed to save the tooth/restore it and prevent what I believe most dentists would have done which install a crown - Thank you!
Highly recommend this dentist and service and I am grateful for not only seeing me within an hour but also staying passed closing time and finally for doing a Stella job.
This is a top notch dentist who makes you feel at ease which for someone liked me is important. The staff are very professional, polite, courteous and friendly. Marios, my dentist is extremely patient and cares about your dental care and the service you receive. Just received my new dentures and they have been done to a very high standard and am very pleased. I have nothing but praise for the staff and the treatment/service I received.
Best dentist ever hands down. Least painful and least scary experiences here (I'm usually really scared of going to the dentist, and even find the initial anaesthetic injection painful) - they really care about the patient, and making sure you're comfortable, results are also fab. Seriously can't imagine a better dentist!
After lots of research I was very happy with the results and the service at Museum Dental. 100% I would recommend to a friend. I couldn't be more pleased.