Bruxism

Dentist talking to patient about bruxism

The medical term for teeth grinding is Bruxism. Even though you may not be aware that you are grinding your teeth at night, a relative may have noticed and possibly your dentist too.

Your dentist may have seen evidence of Bruxism due to the excessive wear of your tooth enamel. Your jaw muscles and gums may also be affected by the constant movements.

Bruxism can sometimes be a sign of an underlying health problem such as Sleep Apnoea. A sleep study would determine whether this is the case.

A referral to our dental specialist may be required so that a mandibular device can be fitted to protect your teeth at night (this device is also effective in treating mild sleep apnoea). In mild Sleep Apnoea this type of device may also be effective enough for correct readjustment of the jaw, which opens the airway, alleviating the breathing problem.

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