When you come to Mola Dental for a full mouth examination, we look for signs of bruxism, such as worn-down teeth. We want to ensure you’re not subconsciously grinding your teeth, so we’re looking for flat-tipped teeth with no differentiation or levels between teeth, as this is a sign you could be grinding the tips away.
Initially, if we find you are grinding your teeth, our first port of call is to deal with the cause. Typically, stress is the cause of teeth grinding, so we’ll suggest some ways to try and stop bruxism at
the source. Additionally, you can try things such as adopting a soft diet and simple jaw exercises that can help identify if it is an acute issue. To solve bruxism in its mildest form, we can look into providing splints and/or botulinum toxin to prevent further damage and then restore the teeth with composite bonding. In more severe cases where a lot of tooth structure has been worn away, ceramic crowns may be needed.
We can suggest two types of splints to help stop you from grinding your teeth – a soft splint that acts as a shock absorber or a hard splint that tries to reprogramme your habit. A hard splint creates a slippy surface that doesn’t allow you to get a purchase – stopping you from grinding your teeth.
The next line of intervention would be to try botulinum toxin (commonly known as Botox), as this can temporarily paralyse the muscle, dampening the nerve signals. Botulinum toxin will help the severity and can help you stop the habit for 3-4 months. Contrary to belief, botulinum toxin isn’t just a cosmetic treatment, you will still have a complete range of motion, and your face won’t look frozen.
If we exhaust all the interventions mentioned above, we can refer you to an oral and maxillofacial surgery department to prescribe medication to solve the problem.
Do you feel like you’re grinding your teeth? Book an appointment for us to investigate and discuss solutions.