Biteplates to Treat Cases of Bruxism or Grinding
Grinding your teeth may seem harmless, but over time it can cause significant damage to your teeth. That is why Dental Tourism Holidays offer biteplates for teeth grinding, also called Bruxism. We provide you with a simple solution to a more complex problem, allowing you to get the perfect biteplate from expert dental surgeons.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism or teeth grinding is quite common, especially during sleep. This is called nocturnal bruxism or “sleep-related bruxism”.
Other patients also grind their teeth when at work during the day and this is more likely to happen in a situation or situations that are extremely stressful, leading to anxiety. These type of people are very tense and the cause can be physiological or physical.
Bruxism or teeth grinding while sleeping or awake might be caused by different aspects, not only stress. However, if the cause can be determined, a treatment for bruxism can be easier to administrate. Bruxism is a bad habit that is picked-up by a specific trigger, but, if not treated, the habit will remain even though the trigger is not part of the equation anymore.
In many patients that have under gone severe brain injury or shows a symptom of a certain neuromuscular disease that involves the face, you will find that those patients grind their teeth. Grinding of teeth can also be caused due to side effect by certain psychiatric medications, like anti-depressants that include paroxetine (Paxil), fluoxetine (Prozac) and sertraline (Zoloft).
Another reason why a patient might suffer from bruxism is when a patient’s teeth do not align correctly and has poor bite, resulting in the teeth grinding.
The Symptoms of Bruxism
Here are some of the symptoms that a patient with bruxism is likely to experience:
- Headaches when waking up in the morning
- Facial pain that cannot be explained and that is long lasting
- The jaw muscles contract rhythmically
- Teeth making a grinding sound at night and this sound might even keep other people in bedroom awake
- Tight, painful jaw muscles when waking up in the morning. The pain might be so severe that is difficult to open your mouth wide
- Damaged teeth, injured gums or filling that is broken
- The jaw joint is uncomfortable and sore
- Swelling can sometimes be present on the lower jaw, due to clenching. Keep in mind that a jaw muscle works like any other muscle. If it is exercised, it will grow bigger. Clenching is like exercise for the jaw muscle.
You need to visit your dentist. During the consultation, the dentist will ask you about any stressors that might cause grinding teeth while sleeping or during the day in order to find a treatment for bruxism.
Questions that might be asked may include your medication you are taking daily, if you consume any alcohol or caffeine and the amount, since the ingredients in theses beverages seem to increase people’s tendency to grind their teeth. The dentist will also want to know about sleeping habits.
The biggest concern with bruxism is the damage it can cause to your teeth. Therefore, the dentist will pay a lot of attention to your mouth and jaw. He/she will be looking for any broken or cracked teeth, fillings that might have fallen out due to grinding teeth while sleeping and poor alignment of the teeth. This will give an indication whether the bruxism is caused due to dental problems or not. If dental problems are the cause, the dentists will do a more thorough assessment. The dentist needs to examine you gums to look for any irregularities that might have been caused by grinding.
If you have developed the habit of grinding teeth while sleeping, a mouth guard or bite plate is recommended.
When someone grinds their teeth at night, pressure is applied to the surface that might lead to cracks and other irregularities. A mouth guard or biteplate will create a physical barrier between the lower and upper jaw. This will not only help reduce the grinding of the surface of the teeth but will also help with the noise associated when grinding.
A mouth guard looks like the mouthpiece worn by athletes. It is usually made from a plastic that can bend. Mouth guards can be purchased at pharmacies or a dentist can make it. The difference will come down to how it fits. The one made by the dentist will fit better and therefore, work more effectively.
A bite plate or also known as a mouth split is made by dentist to fit precisely over your teeth and the plastic that is used, is harder that a normal mouth guard. They tend to last longer than normal mouth guards do but because it is custom made, you will not feel any discomfort while your teeth are protected.
Related Dental Problems
If your dentist concluded that bruxism is caused by dental problems like the alignment, crowns can be used to give the teeth a better biting surface and to change the shape of the teeth. Thereafter, the bite plate will be moulded and given to the patient so that the impact of the grinding is absorbed and teeth are protected.
In most cases, stress causes teeth grinding and the stressor has to be identified in order for treatment of bruxism to work. Your dentists can recommend therapy of counselling to help identify and eliminate the stressor. Medication might be subscribed that will help relax the jaw muscles.
It has been found that Botox is a successful treatment to teeth grinding. Since, the botulinum toxin weakens muscles and therefore will aid in the relaxation of the jaw muscle and will help in the treatment of relieving headaches and spasms in the jaw.
At Dental Tourism Holidays, we offer the best dental treatment that can be combined with a Safari Holiday. You are able to have your dental treatments done in warm and relaxing atmosphere. Let us take the hassle out ordinary dental appointments by making all the arrangements, including accommodation.
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