What is Bruxism?
<highlight-peru>Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth.<highlight-peru>
You may unconsciously clench your teeth together during the day, or clench or grind them at night, in what is known as a sleep-related movement disorder called sleep bruxism.
If you clench or grind your teeth while you’re sleeping you are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and pauses in breathing, known as sleep apnoea. While mild bruxism may not require treatment, for some people bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.
What causes teeth grinding?
<highlight-peru>Teeth grinding is commonly a developmental phase in children and something they will grow out of as their adult teeth develop.<highlight-peru>
However, if adult teeth form with an abnormal bite this can increase the likelihood of teeth grinding.
Anxiety and stress are common underlying conditions of bruxism, while certain medications can also cause the condition to occur. Another common cause of teeth grinding at night is sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea.
Treatment for teeth grinding
In many cases of bruxism, or teeth grinding, treatment isn’t necessary. Many children outgrow the condition without treatment, and many adults don’t grind or clench their teeth badly enough to require therapy.
Your Mansion House dentist may suggest ways to preserve or improve your teeth and while these methods may prevent or correct the wear to your teeth, they may not stop the bruxism.
Treatment options include certain dental approaches, therapies and medications such as:
- Occlusal splints and mouthguards
- Tooth adjustment
- Teeth replacement
- Changes to your diet and exercise
A careful and detailed analysis by our dentists in the City of London will help establish the underlying causes and best mode of treatment for your teeth grinding, and we can put together a recommended treatment plan suited to your needs.
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