Most of us grind our teeth now and then to some extent or other – when we’re under a lot of stress, for example.
However if you grind your teeth on a regular basis, it can cause significant damage to your teeth and make any gum disease worse. Treatments for teeth grinding include using mouth guards or mouth splints and therapy.
The wear on your teeth can be quite significant if the habit has been going on for a long period of time and the teeth haven’t been protected
For habitual bruxers, an occlusal splint may be the only viable treatment option. A splint is a type of occlusal splint that’s made of hard plastic and moulded to fit exactly over your upper or lower teeth.
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.