Clenching and teeth grinding causes excessive wear and damage to the teeth resulting in cracks in the teeth. It can also lead to facial muscle pain and temporomandibular disorders (TMD). It can lead to arthritic problems of the jaw.
Dr. Lavery feels that grinding and clenching causes more damage than decay and gum disease in the mouth.
DR. LAVERY FEELS THAT GRINDING AND CLENCHING CAUSES MORE DAMAGE THAN DECAY AND GUM DISEASE IN THE MOUTH.
Grinders literally give their jaw muscles a ‘gym workout’, mostly during sleep. The muscles of the face are extremely strong and result in your teeth being placed together for an extended period of time, which they are not designed for! In fact, your teeth are only designed to be together during swallowing and chewing. At all other times, your teeth are supposed to be apart or at rest.
With our busy, stressful lifestyles this certainly is not the case. Dr. Lavery has seen extensive damage, even a healthy unfilled tooth can crack and require advanced treatment such as root canal with a crown or worse still, extraction and implant placement.
Prevention of these problems associated with grinding/clenching is with a customised night guard or splint is recommended.
Dr. Lavery’s technicians uses the most advanced technology acrylic when fabricating customised splints. The material is stronger and flexible which results in greater wearability and patient comfort.
Another approach is to reduce the activity of facial muscles with Botulinum medication to reduce the power and size of the muscles.