Long Term Solutions for Bruxism

Long Term Solutions for Bruxism

Plastic oral devices for bruxism have a realtively short lifepsan due to damage inflicted by the clenching and grinding. Plastic nightguards are therefore a temporary short term solution. During the lifespan of a plastic device it may fracture and parts may break off. 

Plastic is not an ideal material for long term use in the mouth. The bruxists clenching and grinding will speedily wear the plastic device and it'll soon need to be replaced. Used over a long period plastic devices can also lead straight to unwelcome tooth movements, changing the bite and worsening the problem. Furthermore plastic devices will become colonised by oral fungi and bacteria and quickly become unsightly and smelly.

The chrome cobalt Somnowell oral device offers a long term dental solution in managing bruxism. The chrome cobalt material does not suffer from wear or tear in the mouth and is many times harder than even precious metals. Chrome cobalt is also highly resistant to oral fungi and bacteria.

The Somnowell appliance is worn during sleep and provides a barrier between the opposing jaws so that the patient's teeth cannot grind together. The Somnowell physically prevents the individual from moving the jaw backwards, this is commonly known as the 'recovery postition'. It also restricts the excursive movements of the jaws at night that may retrain and re-programme the patient, leading to a breaking of the habit (this has yet to be proven and is currently a clinical observation). The Somnowell appliance holds the heads of the jaw joint in a forward position in the jaw socket and may in this manner alter the mechanisms responsible for the bruxism habit.