Sometimes there is a tendency to grind the molars together, often a partner or family member is first to notice the sufferers condition due to this noise associated with this grinding throughout the night.
Bruxism is one of the worlds most common sleep disorders. Over a period of time, tooth damage will occur and may also cause tooth loss. If enough enamel has been worn, the softer dentine will be exposed. This also leaves you at greater risk of tooth decay and also tooth fracture and in some people, gum recession.
Early intervention is advisable.
The symptoms of teeth clenching and grinding can include:
- Aching jaws and teeth, during waking hours
- Trouble chewing on food
- Tension headaches and stress in the temple region
- Jaw joint (temporomandibular joint) pain
- Severely worn teeth
- Broken or chipped teeth
Occlusal Splints are straightforward to make: impression paste is used to make models of your teeth, and our technician builds the Splint based on information about your bite that your dentist will provide.
Occlusal Splints may take a little getting used to, but most people find that within a night or two they are completely comfortable wearing their Splint. It is best not to eat or drink with a Splint in place, but most people find that conversation is possible.
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