Teeth Grinding

How can you stop grinding your teeth?

Teeth Grinding Problems in London

Do you grind your teeth? Did you know that you could be damaging not only your teeth but your jaw, the muscles around your head and neck and even having an impact further afield in your body?

Grinding your teeth, known as bruxism will wear the teeth down unnecessarily fast which could lead to sensitive teeth or even having to have the teeth root filled and crowned if the grinding continues. These habits can also weaken teeth and cause chipping and wearing. If left untreated, teeth grinding can lead to an eventual breakdown of the teeth, jaw pain, headaches, loss of sleep, and other TMJ disorders

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What is bruxism?

If you grind or clench your teeth either at night or during the day then you would be considered a bruxist. Even if you do not do this intentionally you can still end up damaging your teeth, gums and surrounding jaw area, bruxism can be caused by stress, hyper-activeness, or a misalignment of the teeth or jaw. Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause varying degrees of pain and discomfort.

How can I prevent grinding my teeth?

Occlusal Splint or Mouthguard

An occlusal splint works in very much the same way as an MCI device. If we prevent your teeth from touching each other then the muscle memory in your jaw relaxes, once this happens these muscles can be reprogrammed without the stress in them. This can reduce headaches and help to overcome grinding your teeth.

These mouth guards are to be worn at night, during sleep to prevent the pain and discomfort associated with nocturnal bruxism.

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How are these dental appliances made?

The anti-grinding appliances are made by a skilled dental technician. The process starts with a dental impression or mould taken of your teeth. We will take a mould of the upper and lower teeth so that the technician has an exact replica of your teeth. We will then take precise measurements of the way that your jaw moves, taking into account the tension in your muscles.

This will allow the technician to ‘articulate’ your upper and lower jaw in the laboratory to the correct relationship and create the device which will reprogram your jaw muscles.

It will normally take between two and three weeks between the dental impression and fitting of your new appliance.

Looking after an appliance

You should wear your appliance for as long as instructed by your dentist. Sometimes this could be at night only, and in some cases it is permanently. Whenever you clean your appliance we recommend you do this over a sink half filled with water. This means that if you drop your appliance it will not crack when it hits the hard surface of the sink.

If you leave your appliance out we also recommend that you keep it wet, some of the plastics can dry out if out of your mouth which can cause them to crack.

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Jeremy Kavanagh
Jeremy Kavanagh
20:43 09 Sep 19
Great experience visiting The Dental Centre for the first time. Very friendly, helpful staff, a first class check up from the dentist and exceptional clean from the hygienist. Will definitely return. Thanks to everyone there for looking after me 😁👍🏻read more
Robert Doel
Robert Doel
14:46 16 Aug 19
Been to my second appointment at dental smiles had my impressions done it was a breeze, I have a diabolical gagging reflex so I did what Dr Patel asked me to do and I went through it without any gagging whatsoever, in past times at other dentists it was always a rush to get you in and out with no consideration for the patients but at dental smiles what they have to do you comes second the nerves disappear after a reassuring chat and gentle approach they go through everything without any problems, which is why this is the dental practice to head for when you have any problems what so ever, don't be afraid of this practice, they are out of this world, ggggreat workread more
bob dylan
bob dylan
10:15 28 Jul 19
Told I needed a crown for a simple filling which fell out. Decided to trust her word and get it done. When the temporary filling fell out, she was unavailable for a week, while I called every day, walking around with a hole in my mouth. Turns out she actually was in the practice, but was too keen to leave every day at 5pm to provide basic care to her customers. Also told I needed a filling on another tooth for a superficial spot of decay. Saw another dentist about this who advised this is an out of date practice - superficial decay can recover and is best left to heal until it becomes a problem. Now I suspect the crown was also overkill to hand out a larger bill. I was also advised to get a splint, which would cost £900 - the "Rolls Royce" of splints (how very professional...). Another dentist advised that this can be done for £450. Not the same "Rolls Royce" - but they at least provide a more affordable option. Takes ages to get appointments - don't expect anything for 2 weeks. Receptionist seems to think she runs the practice. Bottom line is this place is run as a business, not a health care facility. Private patients are subsidising care for students, but don't expect any better service for your hard earned money - you're just a number in their books, and they're going to try making that number as large as possible.read more
Toby Payne
Toby Payne
08:08 17 May 19
I had a really great experience here, as a student. Friendly, quick and easy to book appointments. An appointment of mine had to be rescheduled and the process was very straightforward and with no inconvenience, so am grateful to them for that. I would recommend to any London based students!read more
Giulia Barbareschi
Giulia Barbareschi
20:15 20 Feb 19
I have been a patient for over three years now. Everyone at the centre is great. Dr Au is extremely competent and always willing to explain the situation clearly so that the patients can make the best choice. The hygienists are very professional. The nurses are always nice and reassuring and the reception staff is lovely and super efficient.read more
Stefano De Luccia
Stefano De Luccia
14:25 23 Jan 19
I had a splint done with Dr. Jones and it was great. My jaw is already way better. I felt they really put a focus on patient care and its a really lovely environment. Highly recommend it.read more
Greg
Greg
16:44 18 Jan 19
Good price and friendly, but I was told I need a filling however another dentist (who family members have used and trusted for years) assured me that I don’t. I got the impression that they were more interested in me spending money than the health of my teeth. The dentist also recommended I pay something like £50 to attend a session on brushing. Overall not great.read more
Juliet Ellis
Juliet Ellis
09:15 18 Dec 18
Carla and her team have looked after my teeth for 5 years now and I have always received excellent service even though I can be an awkward patient particularly with taking impressions. Under her care I have become a less nervous dental patient. Gemma the hygienist also performs wonders to my teeth and in a very professional manner. The surgery has ultra modern equipment, with excellent reception staff who are always helpful. I highly recommend the practice.read more
Danny Dailey
Danny Dailey
09:24 03 Dec 18
These guys are on point!! A really client centred service the moment you walk through the door. I had a hygiene not too many weeks ago with Emma which was the best I've ever had. Also what i really like is the that elite professionalism of Dr Jones is reflected in her front of house staff too, Jeeva always does an excellent job at making me feel welcome and valued, I'm really glad i found this place.read more
Martin Wright
Martin Wright
19:07 06 Nov 18
Carla Jones at The Dental Centre has looked after my teeth for well over 10 years now, and has done a great job. I feel in very safe hands with her. All the staff are warm and personable, and manage to combine being friendly with being super-efficient - a rare combination!read more
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