May 9th, 2013
Bruxism describes a range of related behaviours including teeth grinding, gnashing and clenching of the jaw. Its usually a subconscious behavior performed whilst asleep.
Bruxism can lead to permanent damage to the teeth as the enamel is worn away. However it can also lead to headaches and disorders of the TMJ (temperomandibular joint). Bruxism sufferers are three times more likely to suffer headaches as well as aching jaw and face muscles; earache; tightness/ stiffness of the shoulders; limitation of mouth opening; sleep disruption; excess tooth mobility; inflamed and receding gums. A stressful lifestyle is also a factor in bruxing.
The most effective way to reduce the tension from bruxing is to wear a night guard or occlusal splint. This is a device that is kept in the mouth overnight and acts as a spacer so you avoid tooth to tooth contact as well as deprogramming the muscles to reduce the tension.
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Time Dental- Private dental care at its best
November 14th, 2012
Bruxism (teeth grinding) is the involuntary clenching or grinding of the teeth. This subconscious behaviour most often occurs when you are asleep. Bruxism can create huge forces and can cause broken teeth, loose fillings and loss of tooth surface enamel. Bruxing can also cause sensitivity to hot and cold drinks and food, headaches, trigger migraines and other facial pain. The leading cause of tooth grinding is stress. These times of stress can be episodic but can lead to habitual clenching or grinding.
The best non invasive method for reducing bruxing is a deprogramming splint. These are sometimes called night guards, bite guards, occlusal splints and many other names. It is an appliance which is generally worn at night. It acts as a spacer between the teeth and can reduce the bruxing habit by 70%. This reduction in biting force can relieve triggering factors for migraines, headaches and prevent damage to the teeth.
Call us to see how we can help.
Time Dental- Private dental care at its best.
August 31st, 2012
Acupuncture has proven benefits. Fact.
Many people have acupuncture for medical problems, but did you know that acupuncture can also help when you are at the dentist? If you suffer from a sensitive gag reflex, or if you grind or clench your teeth, or even if you are very nervous- acupuncture can help. Acupuncture has a scientific background and the efficacy has been tested in a number of clinical trials including pain management, facial pain, TMD and increasing of the pain threshold.
Acupuncture placed at very specific points on the face and the hands can have a huge beneficial impact. If used in conjunction with breathing techniques if you are nervous or have a gag reflex or if you have TMJD (temperomandibular joint dysfunction) combined with a special deprogramming nightguard- This can really help.
Our team at Time Dental are offering this extra service to their patients. It’s not for everyone, but if it works for you to help calm the anxiety why not give it a try?
Time Dental- Private dental care at its best.
April 10th, 2012
Tooth grinding is a major problem, not only in Farnham, Surrey. A patient came to see us at Time Dental for a comprehenisve dental examination and consultation. On discussing his lifestyle he seemed to have a lot of stress in his life. He had been made redundant form work and he also suffered from back problems and headaches.
On asssessing his mouth, his teeth had mutiple stress lines running through the majority of his teeth. He also had large cavities to the side of his teeth by the gum line. The reason why this type of cavity/hole develops is due to a heavy bite and tooth grinding. The enamel is much thinner on the tooth by the gum line than anywhere else. When the tooth is under alot of stress due to grinding/ bruxing, the tooth enamel shatters in this area. This leaves a classic v-shaped notch by the gum line. This can lead to sensitivity as well as tooth decay as the enamel protective layer is lost.
The first step is to protect and fill the holes up by the gum line. This is achieved by composite bonding. Once the tooth is anaesthetised, a white composite filling is placed in the cavity. Once this is cured the white filling is polished. The end result is an invisible filling by the gum line by composite bonding which looks and feels like a natural tooth.
In order to prevent reoccurance of cavities by the gum line (abfraction cavities) the cause of the cavities, which is the tooth grinding, must be addressed. The most effective way to reduce tooth grinding is to provide a biteguard/ splint. This is worn at night and helps to reduce the tension and muscle stress that tooth grinding can cause. Using this biteguard can also reduce tension headaches and reduce the risk of teeth and fillings fracturing.
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