What Is Bruxism?

Bruxism is an excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth that is not a part of normal chewing movements. It can lead to extensive wear on the teeth and may cause permanent damage to the teeth and the jaw joints.

Symptoms of Bruxism can include:

M Dental/Root Canal Treatment Bruxism Palmerston North Pain in the teeth and sensitivity to heat and cold
Chronic muscular facial pain with tension headaches, caused by intense muscle contraction
Flattened and worn tooth surfaces, which may reveal the underlying yellow or orange dentine layer
An abnormal alignment of the teeth, caused by uneven tooth wear
The noise, noticed by partners, friends or relatives, that occurs as the teeth are ground together

Treatment for Bruxism:

M Dental/Root Canal Treatment Bruxism Palmerston NorthHere at M Dental we are able to create what is called an Occlusal Splint. We fabricate a strong plastic device to fit over your upper or lower teeth, to be worn every night. This alleviates the pressure on the teeth caused by clenching, and can halt the progression of symptoms that can cause more complex and damaging problems in the mouth.