Bruxism Treatments In Ealing, West London
Bruxism is an oral hyper activity which can affect many people at some point in their lives. The two main characteristics of this condition are teeth grinding and Jaw clenching, which usually occur during a person’s sleeping hours.
Natural chewing function is a neuromuscular activity controlled by a subconscious process, but mainly controlled by the brain.
During sleep, the subconscious process may become active, while the higher control is inactive, something which may result in bruxism.
Some of the common symptoms include: headaches, earaches, eating disorders, anxiety, and chronic stress.
Why should I seek treatment for Bruxism?
- Facial pain. Grinding can eventually shorten and blunt the teeth. This can lead to muscle pain in the myofascial region and in severe cases, incapacitating headaches.
- Occlusal trauma. The abnormal wear patterns on the occlusal (chewing) surfaces of the teeth can lead to fractures, which, if left untreated, may require restorative treatment at a later time.
- Gum recession. Bruxism is a leading cause of gum recession and tooth loss. Grinding can damage the soft tissue directly and lead to loose teeth and deep pockets where bacteria are able to colonize and decay the supporting bone.
- Arthritis. In the most severe cases, bruxism can eventually lead to painful arthritis in the temporomandibular (TMJ) joints that allow the jaw to open and close smoothly.
There are a variety of devices and treatments available through SSS clinic to help you treat bruxism:
- Mouthguards: An acrylic mouthguard ( Michigan Splint) can be designed from teeth impressions to minimize the abrasive grinding action during normal sleep. Mouthguards must be worn on a long-term basis to help prevent tooth damage.Some other smaller devices can also be provided to cover the front teeth. The idea behind this is to prevent grinding the rear molars by limiting the contraction of the temporalis muscle in the jaw.
- Botox®: Can be injected into the muscles responsible for bruxing by disabling them enough to prevent grinding, but not enough to disrupt normal functions like speaking and chewing.
- Cerezen: Cerezen is a unique, pioneering medical treatment that effectively treats TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) and associated symptoms such as Jaw Pain, Jaw Clenching and Tension Headaches, and can be worn day and night. Clinically effective, safe to use, they are custom-made, discreet, hollow inserts, worn in the ears.
Once bruxing is under control, although there is no definitive cure for it, we can perform a variety of dental procedures to restore the pleasant aesthetic appearance to your smile such as composite full build ups, crown application, crown lengthening, gum grafts and many more.