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TOOTH GRINDING

The habit of tooth grinding is known as Bruxism. During sleep, these patients are not conscious of the fact that they are grinding their teeth, and may only notice the effects of this habit.

Headaches - especially in the temples - in the mornings, pain in the front of the ears and in the cheeks, an abnormal erosion on the surface of the teeth, a tired feeling in the face, sensitivity in the teeth, distinct teeth marks on the sides of the tongue and inner cheeks are all signs that can be tied to bruxism.

Bruxism Treatment Methods,

Behavioural Treatment:

Bruxism can by avoiding risk factors such as nicotine, alcohol, caffeine and medication addiction; and applying things such as increased educational levels, relaxation methods, sleep hygiene, hypnotherapy treatment, and cognitive behavioral therapy.

Dental Treatment Patients that have been diagnosed with bruxism must regain their oral hygiene, a regular sleep pattern, and healthy lifestyle habits. In order to prevent further damage to their oral and facial structure, regular check-ups are an essential part of the treatment. 

Night plaques can be made for patients with tooth grinding problems, customised for their oral and dental structure. These tooth plaques vary in shape according to the jaw functions. Dental splints prevent teeth from clenching too hard, therefore inhibiting muscles from overworking. 

These are removable appliances made from hard acrylic, helping to prevent crookedness and tooth erosion. Dental splint applications are a preferred option for both the resting and recovery of overworked muscles. However, splints do not heal patients, they merely assist in helping them heal themselves.

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