Bite raisers help to prevent more wear on the surface of the teeth. The guards help relax the jaws, which in the process lessens the teeth grinding and clenching. Therefore the occlusal guard (also known as a dental night guard and bite guard) protects the jaw from joint problems that could eventually occur.
Treatments for teeth grinding (bruxism) include using mouth guards or mouth splints and therapy.
Bite raisers are available from £150
If you grind your teeth while you’re asleep, it may help to wear a mouth guard or mouth splint at night.
Mouth guards and splints even out the pressure across your jaw and create a physical barrier between your upper and lower teeth to protect them from further damage. They can also reduce any grinding noises you make at night.
Mouth guards are similar to those used in sports such as boxing or rugby. They’re rubber or plastic and can be made by your dentist to fit your mouth. You can also buy a mouth guard from your local pharmacist, but it’s unlikely to fit as well as a custom-made one.
A mouth splint is made from harder plastic and fits precisely over your upper or lower teeth. They’re no more effective than mouth guards in reducing the symptoms of teeth grinding. However, they’re more expensive as they last for several years, whereas mouth guards usually only last for less than a year.
If the underlying cause of your teeth grinding is stress or anxiety, psychological treatments, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), may help.
If your teeth grinding is stress-related, it’s important to try to relax and get a good night’s sleep. There are a number of things you can try to help you wind down before you go to bed, including:
• Deep breathing
• Having a bath
• Listening to music
Breaking the habit
Habit-reversal techniques are designed to break your teeth grinding habit. However, there’s no scientific evidence to suggest that using habit-reversal techniques will cure teeth grinding.
If you’re awake when you grind your teeth you might find it useful to record how often you grind your teeth each day. You can then work out when you’re more likely to do it and why – for example, when you’re concentrating or stressed.
If you’re aware of your habit it will be easier to break. To break the habit, you could train yourself to relax your jaw when you feel yourself grinding or clenching. For example, you could open your jaw slightly or gently place your tongue between your upper and lower teeth.
Habit-reversal techniques may be used by a specially trained therapist, or you can try them yourself using a computer programme or self-help book. Your GP will be able to advise you.
You should have regular dental check-ups so that any problems caused by your teeth grinding are treated as soon as possible to prevent further damage.
Dental problems, such as misaligned, cracked, crooked or missing teeth, can usually be treated with reconstructive dental treatments, such as false teeth, overlays and crowns.
These treatments can sometimes reshape the chewing surface of your teeth and stop you grinding. You’ll usually have to pay for this type of dental treatment and it can often be expensive.
Medication isn’t usually used to treat teeth grinding. But non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as ibuprofen, may help relieve any pain or swelling around your jaw caused by grinding.
In some cases, your GP may suggest taking a muscle relaxant before you go to bed to help relieve your symptoms.
If your teeth grinding is a side effect of taking antidepressant medication, your GP may suggest changing your medication. Never stop taking medication that’s been prescribed for you without consulting your GP first.
Self-help for teeth grinding
To help prevent teeth grinding:
• Cut back on alcohol because it can make teeth grinding while you’re asleep worse
• Give up smoking
• Avoid using recreational drugs, such as ecstasy and cocaine
Sci appliance advance bite raiser for grinding.
Bruxism affects over 80% of the population at some stage in their life, and can be debilitating for many sufferers. However, despite being prevalent throughout the UK and worryingly on the rise, bruxism often remains overlooked and under diagnosed. Whilst, for some, bruxing doesn’t cause any serious symptoms, for many – the habitual bruxers – the side effects are painful and persistent, and include headaches, migraines on waking, and more.
For habitual bruxers, an occlusal splint may be the only viable treatment option. There are a number of splints and mouth guards available, including soft bite raising appliances, nightguards, and the SCi splint. Read on below to discover our full range of products.
Sleep Clench Inhibitor (SCi & SCi+)
Previously known as NTI-tss, the SCi is an FDA approved treatment for TMD, bruxism, and medically diagnosed migraines. With excellent clinical results, SCi and SCi+ are proven to relieve patient symptoms.
How does the SCi work?
In a study by Clark GT et. al, tension-type headache patients without signs or symptoms of TMD clenched their jaws during sleep, on average, 14 times more intensely than asymptomatic controls. Moreover, it has been shown that temporalis contraction is twice as intense during sleep than in waking patients.
The SCi reduces parafunctional intensity of the temporalis, masseters and the lateral pterygoids (the tiny muscles at your jaw joints that open your jaw), eliminating posterior and canine contact, thereby reducing temporalis clenching.
Indications for SCi
All cases requiring a disconnection of the occlusion and/or the relaxation of the masticatory musculature, such as:
• The prevention of symptoms associated with bruxism
• The treatment of certain types of TMD
• The prevention of occlusal trauma, e.g. protection of restorations and implants in cases of severe bruxism
• The prevention and treatment of chronic tension type headache and migraine pain
Advantages of the SCi
• Excellent clinical results
• Extremely simple and fast chairside procedure: fabrication in 20 minutes; no delays or lab fees
• Excellent patient acceptance and compliance
• High diagnostic value
• Scientifically proven efficacy
Fitting and adjusting the SCi
The SCi is designed to be made chair side, though we also have the SCi+ that is an in-lab made version.
Designed to be quick yet effective, the SCi is simple to make and typically takes 10-15 minutes to ensure it is correctly fitted.
Your patient should test the device with their tongue to ensure they cannot remove it easily.
Watch our short fitting demonstration to see just how easy it is. If you’d like to know more, just give one of our technicians a call.