05 Oct

Prevent painful bruxism with device from City of London dentist

Bruxism is the medical name for teeth grinding that can, if not adequately prevented, damage the teeth and lead to serious long-term problems. Continual teeth grinding will cause problems such as enamel erosion, structural damage and jaw complaints. Teeth grinding can happen either during waking hours but is more of a problem when it happens subconsciously during sleep. This is more of a problem because the patient has no control over what happens to their teeth.
It has previously been thought that bruxism was caused by stress or other mental health difficulties. It is now believed that it may more likely be caused by a misalignment of the teeth causing difficulties with the bite. This can of course be made worse by conditions such as stress and anxiety which tighten the muscles and make the grinding more severe.
Some of the main symptoms of bruxism are a saw and painful jaw, painful headaches or stiff muscles. If you think that you may be suffering from bruxism you need to make an appointment with a City of London dentist. They will be able to provide you with a device that can protect the teeth from excessive grinding. This will cushion the effects of bruxism and prevent the nasty painful muscular problems that can be caused by the condition.
More long-term cures for the condition are replacing or realigning teeth. This will make the bite more aligned and prevent the irritation that causes bruxism. This is definitely the best course of action because continued grinding will damage the tooth enamel over time. This will leave the teeth exposed to decay and disease that can affect the teeth and cause many long-term dental health problems.