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Tooth Grinding & Clenching

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What is Bruxism?

Tooth grinding or Bruxism as it is known amongst dental and medical professionals is an example of parafunctional (abnormal) jaw activity – activity that falls outside what is considered ‘normal’.

Tooth grinding can occur at any time of the day, by people of all ages but is most common during sleep. Clenching the jaws and teeth during the day often occurs during period of strenuous activity or stress with the sufferer not even aware that they are doing it.

Symptoms and Signs of Tooth Grinding and Bruxism

A lot of people who clench or grind their teeth are not actually aware that they are doing so and may not have visible signs of tooth wear or damage. Others will have significant signs of tooth wear (wear facets), flattening of teeth and their cusps, cracked teeth, jaw and muscle pain, headaches, migrane -type pain, neck and shoulder pain, jaw stiffness and and even ear ache and sleeping problems.

What Causes Tooth Grinding / Bruxism?

Therapies and Treatments for Toothgrinding and Bruxism

It is very important to note that there exists no cure for toothgrinding and bruxism. Treatment is designed to reduce the occurance, frequency and intensity and the the associated signs and symptoms.

No one treatment is considered better than the other. What we do find is that a combination approach is best when it comes to trying to manage teeth grinding and clenching related problems.

Anti-Wrinkle Injection therapy

This is cutting edge treatment that is slowly gaining popularity for a range of therapeutic purposes in particular the treatment of Bruxism and other orofacial, dentofacial and jaw joint related pain. See here for more information on the benefits of Anti-Wrinkle Injections for these conditions.

Our Principal Dentist Dr Hillel New has completed a comprehensive training program with the AAFE in Chicago (USA) to deliver these treatments.

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