How to Successfully Deal with Your Own Bruxism

How to Successfuly Deal with Your Own Bruxism

The first step in managing bruxism is recognition and awareness. Then to limit any aggravating factors e.g. decrease in red protein and caffeine in the diet, plus limit the intake of acid drinks and control the amount and frequency of these. Also manage stress e.g. yoga, pilates, meditation, acupuncture, hypnotherapy. And treat any dental factors e.g. reduce high restorations, get the bite balanced, plus have the malocclusion and especially the jaw displacement corrected.

Dentists can also prescribe plastic bite guards or gum shields, or more sophisticated Michigen splints. All of these devices intend to change the biting habits and act as a separator between opposing teeth. The most popular treatment is the use of a mouth guard that's worn during sleep. Bruxism mouth guards come in different shapes and sizes, however they are all designed to keep the teeth apart and protect the teeth from the damage caused by clenching and grinding.

Plastic devices suffer considerable damage from the clenching and grinding. All the plastic devices ultimately need to be replaced. This a continuous and costly cycle. During the lifespan of a plastic device it may fracture and parts may break off. Furthermore plastic oral devices all become colonized by oral fungi and bacteria, making them unsightly and unpleasant.

The chrome cobalt Somnowell oral device offers a long term dental solution in managing bruxism. The appliance is worn at night and the two opposing metal frameworks function as a barrier between the opposing jaws so that the patient grinds a smooth metal against smooth metal rather than enamel to enamel. The weight of the grinding habit is distributed over the outside of the dentition by the Somnowell appliance. In most cases the Somnowell will not halt the habit, though in some case the habit might be broken by the introduction of the Somnowell appliance.