Stress is the most common cause for bruxism, however there can be many others. If your teeth have several fillings, then stress can increase the pressure on them, and cause them to break, which can cause a host of dental, or jaw problems.
This type of grinding can range in its effects from wearing away enamel, to resulting in frequent headaches and jaw pains.
The simplest treatment for bruxism is to make a soft or hard night guard, which physically separates the teeth at night, other forms of treatment could be to place some Botox in the muscles that cause the clenching. This treatment can also soften the appearance of a square jaw, which is popular with ladies.
If the clenching is caused by disharmony in the bite, then minor bite adjustment can be used to equalise the pressure, or you may need more comprehensive treatment.
Did you know…
With ever increasing work loads and increased stress, bruxism is affecting 1 in 10 people.
- Do your jaw muscles ache in the morning?
- Do you have difficulty in eating, first thing?
- Do your teeth show premature wear?
- Do you suffer from frequent headaches or facial pain?
- Has your partner ever complained about you making strange grinding noises in your sleep
If you think you suffer from bruxism, you should see your dentist to see what can be done.
Dr Sehmi at The Kensington Clinic has a wealth of experience in treating people that suffer with Bruxism and worn teeth. For a free consultation call 0207 603 3008