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Montgomery Dental Centre is pleased to offer treatment options such as Bruxism Grinding Appliances to help protect your teeth from grinding and clenching. If left untreated, teeth grinding and clenching can lead to jaw muscle pain and fatigue, headaches, and premature breakdown of teeth resulting in tooth loss and pain. Call Montgomery Dental Centre today to see if Bruxism Grinding Appliances can help!

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What is Bruxism?

Simply put, bruxism is excessive teeth grinding and/or jaw clenching. It can occur either unconsciously while awake, or during sleep. If this occurs on a regular basis, the teeth can become damaged, and other oral health problems can arise like myofascial muscle pain and headaches. It is one of the most common sleep disorders out there.

What are the Causes of Bruxism?

Although the exact cause of bruxism remains unclear, it may be caused by:

  • Stress and anxiety
  • Missing or crooked teeth
  • Sleep apnea
  • Snoring
  • An abnormal bite, which means the teeth do not meet properly when the jaw closes
  • A side effect of certain medications
  • Neurological conditions such as Huntington’s disease or Parkinson’s disease
Bruxism | | Montgomery Dental Centre | NW Calgary | Family and General Dentist
Bruxism | Montgomery Dental Centre | NW Calgary | Family and General Dentist

What are the Negative Consequences of Teeth Grinding as a result of Bruxism?

  • Jaw pain, tenderness, and stiffness
  • Sore gums
  • Gum recession
  • Obvious dental abnormalities, such as sensitive, loose, or broken teeth
  • Dental crowns, fillings, and implants can be damaged
  • Clicking or popping of the jaw joints
  • A dull headache
  • Arthritis
  • Myofascial pain

Treatment for Bruxism

There is no single cure for bruxism, but options exist to relieve symptoms. The most common treatment for bruxism is a mouth guard or splint. Mouthguards don’t necessarily cure bruxism, but they can prevent or correct the wear to your teeth caused by the condition.

Mouthguards are custom made of hard acrylic plastic or soft materials, to fit over your upper and lower teeth, to minimize the abrasion action of tooth surfaces during sleep. It accomplishes this by re-establishing natural space between your upper and lower teeth and providing a barrier of defense. The mouthguard helps reduce the risk of cracking or chipping a tooth, and can also minimize strain to your jaw, ultimately helping to prevent damage to teeth and to the temporomandibular joint.

Splints are another option. Some splints fit over the top teeth, some on the bottom. Depending on the particular design, a splint may keep the jaw in a more relaxed position and provide a barrier so that the splint, rather than teeth, are damaged.

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We look forward to hearing from you soon. Call Montgomery Dental Centre
at (403) 452-5115 to set up a Bruxism consultation appointment today!

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