Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Teeth Grinding is the unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth that mostly takes place while we are asleep.
It affects about one in four adults, with symptoms that can include:
- aching jaw
- gum problems
- tooth enamel being eroded
The pressure experienced during teeth grinding can be 20 times greater than the force used in normal chewing and biting. As a result, the incisors can end up shorter with sharp edges and tiny chip marks, and the canines can be covered in notches. Teeth can also work loose and fillings be gouged out.
Until recently treatment for teeth grinding has been basic, with sufferers usually having to wear a mouth guard. Therapeutic botulinum toxin injections, more commonly associated with cosmetic procedures, are now being used as a way of keeping it under control.
The effect of the treatment lasts for around four months.
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