It’s Bruxism Awareness Week 2018 next week 22nd – 28th October and we want to make you aware of it- what is it, its symptoms and its treatment!

What is it? 

Medically known as bruxism, many people grind and/or clench their teeth without problem. However, a large number suffer severe symptoms ranging from headaches to painful jaw and neck ache.

What are the causes?

While bruxism can occur during waking hours, nearly 80% of cases happen subconsciously during sleep and are typically associated with stress and/or anxiety. Involving some of your most powerful muscles, studies have shown that during sleep, patients can exert 20% more pressure than is possible whilst awake – with sever consequences for the sufferer.

However, with symptoms not always involving the teeth, often there is little awareness that bruxism may be the cause of such painful symptoms.

Symptoms

  • migraines
  • toothache
  • aching muscles
  • jaw and neck pain
  • morning headaches

 

Treatment

There are a number of potential treatments for teeth grinding and clenching, including behavioural therapy, muscle relaxation exercises as well as the use of dental splints.

Recent clinical studies have suggested that traditional splint methods uses to treat grinding and clenching can encourage a subconscious bitedown, increasing the force placed on teeth escalating symptoms. More recent treatments involve preventing the back teeth from meeting. Compared to a traditional guard, the SCi is a small tailor made dental splint that is much less invasive than a full arch device.

Worn at night the splint sits between your front teeth, preventing the back teeth from making contact. In doing so clench intensity is minimised and grinding becomes almost impossible. By inhibiting the unwanted muscle activity, the tension that causes migraines, headaches and jaw and neck pain is greatly reduced.

Speak with any of our skilled dentists if you recognise any of the above symptoms – don’t suffer unnecessarily.

You can book an appointment/consult online using our online booking form here  or contact us on T: 1 4542022/ Email: info@portobellodental.com

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