Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) TMJ London
Bruxism is a dental condition that involves excessive teeth grinding, gnashing, or jaw clenching. If you suffer from bruxism, you may unconsciously clench or grind your teeth while you are awake, or experience teeth grinding in your sleep.
Sleep bruxism (grinding teeth in sleep) is considered a sleep-related movement disorder and is more likely to be alongside other sleep disorders, such as snoring and sleep apnea (pauses in breathing).
Treatment may not be needed for mild bruxism, however, in some cases where bruxism is more frequent and severe, it can lead to headaches, jaw disorders, damaged teeth, as well as many other problems.
It’s important to know the signs and symptoms of sleep bruxism and receive regular dental care before complications start to develop.
Symptoms of Bruxism in London
Here are some of the main signs and symptoms of bruxism to keep an eye out for:
- Loud teeth grinding may wake up a partner.
- Fractured, chipped, or loose teeth.
- Worn tooth enamel that exposes deeper layers of the tooth.
- Heightened tooth pain or sensitivity.
- Tight or tired jaw muscles.
- Ear pain.
- Dull headache starting in the temples.
- Disrupted sleep.
Treatment for Bruxism, TMJ London
Cerezen is a unique, pioneering medical treatment that effectively treats TMD (Temporomandibular Disorders) as a result of Bruxism. It helps relieve associated symptoms such as teeth grinding, jaw clenching and pain, and severe tension headaches. Cerezen is clinically effective and safe to use. They are custom-made, discreet, hollow inserts, worn in the ears, and can be worn day and night.
How Does It Help With Bruxism?
The Cerezen device acts in a unique way to treat the symptoms associated with Bruxism:
- The device acts to provide biofeedback to the chewing muscular system.
- While you are wearing your customised Cerezen device, the ear canal shape changes to that usually presented in an open jaw position.
- This provides subtle feedback to break the cycle of jaw clenching and teeth grinding and encourages you to relax your jaw.
- It reduces pressure and strain on the jaw joint. Therefore alleviating many of the Bruxism and TMJ London symptoms you may be experiencing, such as jaw clenching and grinding teeth.
It is believed the device provides physical support for the temporomandibular joint when worn. Evidence of this physical support was that many patients who were experiencing popping and grating of the jaw felt an immediate reduction in these symptoms.
How To Stop Grinding Teeth
There are other ways to help reduce teeth grinding and TMJ London that you can do at home:
- Avoid alcohol - too much consumption can intensify teeth grinding.
- Cut back on drinks and foods that contain caffeine such as coffee, chocolate, and soda drinks.
- Don’t chew objects such as pens or pencils.
- Avoid chewing gum.
- Position the tip of your tongue between your teeth if you find it difficult to stop your teeth grinding.
- Relax your jaw muscles at night by positioning a warm washcloth against your cheek and in front of your earlobe.