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Tooth Grinding

‘Bruxism’ is the technical term for the habit of grinding and clenching your teeth. Most people will do this from time to time and it does not usually have to cause any harm.

However, if you grind your teeth on a regular basis, it can cause a significant amount of damage to your teeth and make any gum disease worse. In some cases it can also cause or aggravate headaches, or pain and discomfort in the jaw. There isn’t a cure for bruxism, although it may be possible to break the teeth-grinding habit and there are a number of treatments which might help with this.

Our dentist Indra will discuss appropriate treatment options with you. These may include:

A Nightguard

A dental device that covers the front teeth and protects the rear molars, to be worn at night. Although it cannot prevent grinding it will make sure that instead of grinding your teeth together you are grinding on the night guard.

Tooth build up

Composite (white) fillings are added to the teeth to correct damage caused by grinding and to return damaged teeth to their original shape and size.

Assessment and Advice

To help you understand why you might be clenching or grinding your teeth and suggest ways to break the habit; possibly by changing any lifestyle issues which may be contributory causes.

For more detailed information or to request an appointment you can call us now on 01289 305205 or email us directly at info@berwicksmile.co.uk.

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