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Cure For Bruxism

Posted in Preventive Dentistry by UK Dental Tourism on June 29, 2010
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Teeth grinding during sleep may not seem like the biggest problem other than being annoying for anyone you have to share a bed with, but if it continues over a period of time it can break down tooth enamel and cause serious structural damage to teeth.

Also known as bruxism, for many years subconscious teeth grinding was thought to be caused solely by stress and anxiety. This may be true for some cases but these tend to be temporary. Many dentists have conducted studies in recent years to demonstrate another more common cause for the condition.

They have concluded that bruxism is more often than not caused by a disruption in bite. This is the way the top and bottom teeth sit together and can be affected by such factors as physical trauma, tooth loss and tooth movement. If the teeth do not sit together comfortable it may cause the jaw muscles to spasm and move, which leads the teeth to rub against each other.

If this happens for several hours a night over an extended period you can imagine that it doesn’t take long before an irreversible process of enamel removal begins to take effect. If the enamel breaks down it can lead to dangerous cavities which expose the dental nerves to infection and can be extremely painful. Our dentists can treat bruxism ether by correcting the misalignment or by providing the patient with a dental appliance to protect the teeth during sleep.


Visit Your Dentist To Cure Bruxism

Teeth grinding, or bruxism as it is clinically called, is the act of unconsciously grinding or clenching the teeth, either during the day or at night. It affects not just the teeth but the whole bone structure around them including the jaw. As such it is a dental problem but also considered a larger medical concern. Teeth grinding during the night is as common a complaint as snoring but because the noise is not as obtrusive little is done about it.This is a very common condition amongst children and adults,it has been estimated that about 50% of all the adults have or have had the tendency of grinding their teeth, out of that percentage about 20% grind your teeth in a constructive way, meaning that the Enamel which is the outermost layer of the teeth gets compromised by the constant friction and pressure.

— Increased tooth sensitivity is known to be one of the symptoms that constant grinding cause
— Because of the constant friction some people report to have chewed tissue on the inside of their cheeks; this tissue trauma may lead to oral infections.
— Irritating sound. Married adults have reported that their partners constant clenching of the teeth has gotten so loud that it disrupts their night sleep.
— Earache may also be a symptom due to the constant jaw muscle contraction; this pain doesn’t necessarily indicate that there is something wrong inside the ear of a person who suffers from this condition.
— Worn tooth enamel, this is actually one of the most common symptoms caused by tooth grinding amongst the 20% of people who grind their teeth so hard that they change the shape and condition of their oral structure.

Possible Causes of Bruxism in adults:
— People who have an aggressive or hyperactive personality may be vulnerable to bruxism.
— High levels of anxiety, tension or stress can also lead to this condition.
— Anger and/or frustration

Possible causes of bruxism and children:
When it comes to children this condition is mainly attributed to the growth of their oral structure and jawbone, some researchers have observed that some of the children who grind their teeth to it because their top and bottom teeth don’t actually fit comfortably as they are coming out, in other cases they do so because of they may be teething or feel anxiety or anger.

Even though only 20% of the people who grind their teeth do it in a constructive way it is always recommended that you pay a visit to the dentist as often as possible if you suspect you may suffer from this condition. Treating bruxism at an early stage can help you avoid serious tooth decay and damage.Common treatments for teeth grinding range from the psychological to the preventative. Many believe that stress management will reduce the instances of teeth grinding. Dentists will often recommend using a mouth guard when sleeping to protect the teeth. Teeth that have been worn down can be repaired with crowns and other treatments such as bonding. Ask your dentist if you or someone you know suffers from teeth grinding. They can suggest the best method of treatment to help you get a good nights sleep.

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