Bruxism (Teeth grinding)

Bruxism is a disorder affecting as much as 80% of the population at some point in their lives. Known from a Greek word meaning “gnashing of teeth”, Bruxism covers tooth grinding and jaw-muscle clenching that can cause teeth to break or become worn, cause headaches or even migraines, as well as cause or aggravate Temporormandibular Joint disorder (TMJ). Bruxism can occur with adults and children, but is most common in adults over twenty-five. Many people occasionally suffer from temporary bouts of Bruxism, grinding or clenching their teeth. Up to 70% of grinding occurs as a result of anxiety or stress.Bruxism usually occurs subconsciously when asleep so you may be unaware that you grind but can wake up in the morning with sore cheeks and a headache.How Do My Teeth Move?

Your tooth movements will be meticulously. Smilelign’s technicians scan models of your teeth using cutting edge technology. Each tooth movement is carefully decided using the Smilelign Ortho Studio Planning Software. A 3D animation will be produced that shows the movements your teeth will go through during the course of treatment. This allows you to see how your teeth will look like at the end of your treatment and an opportunity to discuss any specific requirements you may have about how you would like your teeth to look.

How Bruxism can Affect Your Life?

Bruxism sufferers experience short and long term symptoms that often are misdiagnosed for years. Due to the wide range of symptoms and that symptoms often appear and disappear erratically, or may be stress-induced, people with Bruxism may suffer untreated for a long time. Dentists are becoming more aggressively involved in diagnosing Bruxism and educating patients in the symptoms associated with this disorder. Successful treatments are available and can sometimes bring immediate symptom relief.

Short-term Bruxism Symptoms can include:

  • Headaches and Migraines
  • Facial myalgia (painful or aching jaw & facial muscles)
  • Ear ache and Tinnitus
  • Stiff neck and shoulders
  • Inability to fully open mouth
  • Poor Quality Sleep
  • Tooth mobility and tooth loss
  • Cracked teeth or broken fillings

Long-term Bruxism Symptoms may include:

  • Prolonged migraines
  • Excessive facial muscle tone
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder ( TMJ)
  • Clicking or popping Jaw joint

Our endodontist Giulia is also qualified to help get to the root of this problem having completed a two year course in TMJ dysfunction. To help relieve your symptoms please call or mail us to book a consultation with us.



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