What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the formal name for a potentially serious condition which can adversely affect your health. Bruxism is the unconscious action of clenching or grinding teeth, usually at night.
Who suffers from Bruxism?
Studies suggest that between 8% of the population suffer from the condition at any one time, but up to 80% of the population suffer from bruxism at some time during their lives. The etiology of bruxism is multifactorial, but stress is thought to be a major factor. Both women and men suffer from the condition, although women appear to be more susceptible.
What are the effects of Bruxism?
Bruxism sufferers can present many symptoms, including one or more of the following:
a) damage to teeth and dental work b) early morning headache c) disturbed sleep d) noises from teeth clenching or grinding during sleep e) TMJ pain or jaw pain f) neck stiffness and pain g) back and shoulder pain and discomfort.
What treatments are available?
The most common treatment for bruxism is a night guard that is worn at night. Dentists will usually recommend a night guard to help protect the teeth from the affects of bruxism. Other, non conventional treatments, such as hypnotherapy are also available but there is often limited clinical evidence to support the efficacy of such treatments.
Until relatively recently, the only choice has been an expensive custom made night guard, bite guard or splint appliance made by your dentist costing from £100 to £700. Over the last few years, orthodontic manufacturers have produced various types of night guards that can be fitted by the patient. However, not all night guards are the same. For example, some night guard manufacturers require you to boil the product and then put melted plastic in your mouth to create an impression.
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