Teeth grinding and clenching treatment

Do you suffer from:
  • migraines
  • toothache
  • aching muscles
  • jaw and neck pain
  • morning headaches
Treatment to help with these systems (Bruxism) is available at Russell Street Dental Clinic from £350.00.  If you are a patient at the clinic you can book a free consultation or for non patients there is a consultation cost of £48.  To book an appointment please ring 01792 654531 and we will be happy to find a day and time to suit you.  To find out more about 'Bruxism' and how we can help please read below.

Bruxism - Teeth grinding and jaw clenching 

A common issue that affects up to 80% of the population, the grinding of teeth and clenching of the jaw can cause tooth wear, breakages, pain, limited movement of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint disorder), migraines and headaches. Most common in adults over 25 years old, the cause is not fully understood, though symptoms often worsen during stressful periods.

Effects of bruxism

Bruxism sufferers are affected in many ways and it can lead to more serious issues, often requiring a dentist's intervention.

Many symptoms, however, are unlikely to be dental related; often bruxism is left untreated for many years. It is common for patients to turn to their GP and have a magnitude of investigations for other medical conditions, including MRI and brain scans.

Short-term effects of bruxism

  • Headaches and migraines  
  • Facial myalgia (aching jaw & facial muscles - often diagnosed as Atypical Facial Pain)
  • Earache, tinnitus and sinus pains
  • Stiff neck and shoulders
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Sleep disturbance of bed partner due to noise
  • Tooth mobility and tooth wear
  • Fractured tooth cusps and broken fillings
  • Receding and inflamed gums
  • Tongue scalloping

Long-term effects of bruxism

  • Prolonged untreated migraines
  • Excessive facial muscle tone
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (sometimes called TMJD or just TMJ)
  • Clicking or popping jaw joint
  • Tooth wear and tooth loss

Treatments for Bruxism

There are many ways to manage bruxism, the most common treatment being occlusal splints (dental appliances). There are other therapies and treatments available, but these are generally seen as less effective. It is becoming more popular for dentists to recommend a more holistic treatment plan. This may include combined treatments with physiotherapists, chiropractors, and sometimes hypnotherapists.

Occlusal splints are generally designed to act as a mechanical separation of the teeth and may be as simple as a soft mouthguard. Other dental treatments may also be considered, such as equilibration (grinding away tooth surface to make the teeth fit together better), orthodontics, or crowns and veneers.

Most common types of Dental Splints

  • SCi - small splint that fits over the front teeth
  • Soft mouthguards - often called 'bite-raising appliances'
  • Michigan or Tanner stabilisation splints - full arch splints
  • Nightguards

Other therapies that are used for symptoms of Bruxism

  • Physiotherapy
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Anti-depressants
  • Orthodontics
  • Restorations - Crowns, Bridges and veneers

SCi (NTI-tss)

SCi - Sleep Clench Inhibitor (previously known as NTI-tss) is the most clinically effective FDA-approved treatment for TMD, bruxism, and medically diagnosed migraines.

How does the SCi work ?

The SCi reduces abnormal or parafunctional intensity of the temporalis muscles, masseters muscles and to a degree, the lateral pterygoids (the tiny muscles at your jaw joints that open your jaw).  This eliminates posterior and canine teeth contact, which reduces the temporalis muscle from clenching.

Try it yourself

Take a pencil and place it between your molars or canines. With your hands, feel the temporalis muscle bulge in the temple area.Then transfer the pencil between your incisors and press the temporalis at the same spot on your temples again: do you feel the difference? Studies show that the possible contraction intensity of the temporalis muscle when only the incisors come into contact is reduced by an average of 70%!