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14 December 2017

Teeth grinding is a difficult habit to break, but when you have, our Surbiton dentists can help.

It is quite possible that you grind your teeth without really being aware that you do so.

The majority of people suffering from bruxism generally grind their teeth whilst they are asleep and for various reasons including this, it can be a very hard habit to break.

It is widely thought that bruxism results from stress, and certainly, many people do find today’s world to be a stressful place to be, whether that is in the home or in the work environment.

Of course, stress can also play a significant role in heart and other problems too, so, if you are suffering from stress, you should see your GP.

How we can help

Although we are unable to help with stress, aside from obvious suggestions such as relaxation exercises etc, we can certainly help to restore any damage that has occurred to your teeth when you grind them together. Damage can range from relatively minor wearing of the enamel, through to badly broken teeth, depending on the general condition of your teeth and how hard you grind.

There are a number of possible treatments available at our disposal, and the most appropriate of these can be decided following a consultation with the dentist at the Confidental Clinic in Surbiton. Briefly, these are some of the most likely treatments for the various levels of damage you might suffer through teeth grinding:

Bonding – If your teeth have suffered minor chips from grinding your teeth, bonding may be used to fill these. This utilises a compound matched to your natural tooth colour which can be shaped and polished. Downsides tend to be limited longevity and also, in some cases, a tendency to stain.

Veneers – Wearing down of teeth is perhaps the most common problem associated with bruxism. This will weaken the tooth and increase the risk of decay. Porcelain veneers can be used to help restore the appearance of and protect the natural tooth. Once fitted, veneers should last in the region of ten years.

Crowns – Although less common, it is not unusual for a patient to suffer from a broken tooth if they excessively grind their teeth. Whilst it may be possible to fill the tooth, a crown may be preferable in order to provide additional strength, as well as provide a natural appearance, especially where the tooth is visible.

Dental implants – If a tooth breaks badly, damaging it to the extent that a crown would no longer be appropriate, it may be necessary to extract the tooth. There are a number of replacement options available should this happen, including dentures and bridges. Our Surbiton dentists do recommend that you consider dental implants though, due to their strength and longevity. We are happy to discuss these with you, should the need arise.

If you have suffered damage to your teeth through bruxism, or any other cause, please call the Confidental Clinic on 020 8399 1291. We’ll be pleased to help restore the appearance and function of your teeth.

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