Tooth Grinding and Wear Treatments through 2022
Tooth-Wear and Night-Grinding or Clenching of teeth, especially through our stressful Covid-19 era!
Is this type of tooth wear and jaw problems now the new Dental disease of the "stressed" and busy 21st Century lifestyle?
It's certainly one problem many people don't realise they have, such as pressing or clenching teeth together whilst they are awake but concentrating on something else, like driving or reading a computer screen OR when asleep still dreaming or thinking about things, but a habit of pressing or even chewing or grinding teeth has developed.
CORONA VIRUS UPDATE - please note whilst increasing our availability and society lowers its Covid precautions, for our healthcare you will STILL be asked to do additional precautions and complete our screening processes. We will also take your temperature, ask you to keep your mask on and get you to use our handgel on entry to the Practice, as a sensible precaution to both protect you and others, as hands touching surfaces and coughs are the biggest transmission risk anywhere.
Regular patients will note we have always been very keen on high hygiene standards and have routinely made handrub machines available (we have 3 in reception area alone!!!) and regularly wipe down all areas with disinfecting wipes that protect against not just Corona-viruses, but everything else from TB to E.coli to MRSA etc, etc, so PLEASE do fully cooperate with our hygiene requests and procedures.
Our Dental Practice is one of the safest places to be outside of your own home generally.
If you suffer from excessive tooth grinding, clenching or other habitual tooth wear, you could be causing great damage to your Teeth, jaw joints ( TMJ'S ), jaw bone and facial muscles. Just have a look for tooth wear in your lower incisor front teeth showing the yellow dentine or chipping edges as you wear your teeth away. Perhaps when you are concentrating during the day (driving, reading, computer screens) you are pressing your teeth together as a bad habit?
Many people also clench or Grind their teeth at night during sleep, without realising but still adding to their problems - teeth are tough, but eventually they will wear down prematurely, crack, fracture or eventually loosen and give way and be lost prematurely.
Do you want the tooth wear or problems of an 80-year-old before you are 40 or so?
Complications (see above picture) of untreated Tooth Wear over time:
1. Dentine exposed by excessive wear and grinding can be extra sensitive plus the Dentine now wears away quicker than the harder enamel
2. Sharp Enamel edges or cusps may hurt your lips or tongue or just feel sharp as bits splinter-off over time
3. upper teeth may have exposed Dentine behind the teeth, but you may only notice chipped and torn edges as the enamel thins and weakens
4. The centre of the tooth has the nerve in it, which when exposed may degenerate (goes from painful to quiet) and make an access later
Does it ever get so bad that you sometimes wake up with aching teeth, or tender muscles and joints or even headaches? Dr.Kilcoyne can help treat any existing Tooth Wear or Pain and save you bigger problems later! We can make you a special "nightguard" mouth Splint in less than 1 hour, which can often reduce or even totally cure many of the symptoms or problems caused by tooth clenching or grinding.
The Cost of this same-day "nightguard" Appliance? Only £195-£295 on average from Dr.Kilcoyne, after a thorough examination.
Please remember Prevention is better than cure - you only need to be clenching, pressing or grinding your teeth together an extra hour a day (or night) to treble the wear of your enamel and cause other problems too, like sensitivity or fracture lines or gaps around fillings or muscle, joint and headaches eventually.
Read Below a useful detailed BBC article about Grinding your teeth problems, including public feedback to this article too in March 2010 - yes these are not 'new' problems either....
Prevention is better than cure - so don't ignore excessive tooth wear or a night-grinding habit. It's never too late to seek Expert Advice and Treatment! We would be pleased to give you a detailed examination - please call 01535-644005 to access our Expertise!
Don't worry, you are NOT the only person to suffer from Clenching or Night Grinding Wear from your teeth - remember the worn teeth you saw at the top of the page, well they belong to this once very stressed individual below:
Please note - we generally recommend a HARD bite guard and can provide one that is small, secure and effective, costing £195-295, often made within the hour! Call 01535 644005 to access our Expertise!
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The above Quality Development Award was judged by the British Dental Journal, Denplan and Colgate, with Dr.Kilcoyne's Practice winning this prestigious award for the Quality of his patient services.
*Dr.Kilcoyne is a UK registered Specialist in Prosthodontics (GDC No.58373) which includes The Functional and Cosmetic Dentistry aspects of Crowns, Dental Implants, Bridges, Veneers, Fillings, Dentures, Bonding etc.