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Clenching & Grinding

Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding or clenching, is an issue that can go unnoticed but can lead to a range of painful and harmful side effects if untreated. Often occurring during sleep, bruxism is usually linked to stress or anxiety and involves the powerful jaw muscles, which can exert more force unconsciously than when awake, leading to dental complications. Patients frequently seek help from general practitioners, mistaking their bruxism symptoms for other health issues.

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Signs of bruxism include persistent headaches, jaw muscle discomfort, sleep disturbances, and dental issues such as worn or mobile teeth, damaged fillings, gum recession, and even tooth loss. These symptoms are often overlooked, leaving those affected by bruxism undiagnosed and unaware of the condition's impact on their overall dental health.

How can we help you?

There are a variety of treatments available for managing Bruxism, which can range from behavioural therapies and muscle relaxation techniques to Botox injections.

One common approach is the use of dental splints, also known as Occlusal Splints, which come in several types. These include the Sleep Clench Inhibitor (SCi), Bite-Raising Appliances, and a variety of Nightguards. These devices are primarily designed to minimize tooth wear and joint strain by providing a protective layer between the upper and lower teeth.

We can advise you on the type of splint most suitable for you.

Take your first step to healthy teeth and a confident smile today!

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