Worn Down Teeth (Bruxism - teeth grinding)Treatments in Jerusalem

טיפול ושיקום שיניים שחוקות בירושלים

Worn down teeth is a phenomenon that occurs when the jaw is shut too tightly and forcefully causing the bottom and top teeth to friction. This phenomenon, also known as jaw locking, is very common amongst adults and children alike. For many, this is an involuntary occurrence that happens during their sleep, but it can also occur throughout the day due to of anxiety, stress, mental hardships or as side effects to some medication.

Worn down teeth could also occur due to high acidity in the mouth, something that reflux, or frequent vomiters (like bulimic patients) might suffer from. In that case, it’s not the friction that harms the teeth, but the acidity. Several studies have also shown a correlation between smoking and consuming alcohol and increased teeth wear, and a genetic component might also be in play.

Why do Worn Down Teeth Have to be Treated?

The more the teeth come into frequent friction the harder they wear down, and that can cause numerous problems. First, the wear itself is a mechanic flaw to the teeth. The wear can change the shape of the teeth which harms the chewing abilities and in severe cases can also cause damage to the jaw joint, broken teeth and a need for dental implants and/or dental crowns.

Secondly, the strong mechanic friction or the high acidity levels slowly but surely harm the enamel layer of the tooth, and the more it’s harmed – the more sensitive the teeth become. Eventually, worn teeth can harm the functionality of the chewing mechanism, and can even cause aesthetical damages. Furthermore, when the wearing factor is strong friction, it might even cause jaw pain and headaches.

Types of Worn Down Teeth Treatments in Jerusalem

There are several types of treatments and rehabilitation solutions for worn down teeth, and you can consult our dentist, Dr. Stela Heisler, to find the best treatment for you. These are some of the offered treatments in our dental clinic in Jerusalem:

One of the most effective and simple treatments is creating a customized mouth guard for the patient that is worn over the top or bottom teeth to create a physical barrier between the two sets of teeth which prevents the friction (and therefore, prevents them from wearing). This mouth guard can be worn at bedtime if the jaw lock happens at night, or throughout the day if this is happening when the patient is awake – but this doesn’t solve the problem itself, it just minimizes its effect on the teeth.

To truly solve the issue and stop the jaw lock altogether, you may seek solutions outside the dentist’s clinic – some medications might help, physiotherapy, or more. When this issue occurs due to anxiety or stress, you might consider stress reducing solutions, like taking anti-anxiety medications or taking on stress reducing activities.

And what if there’s nothing that can prevent the patient from grinding their teeth? In that case, some restorative treatments might have to take place, like dental crowns, porcelain coating or composite coating. Contact us for more information, we’d love to help you out.

Dental restoration and rehabilitation treatments offered in our clinic:

Replacing Missing Teeth

Minimally Invasive Dentistry Treatments

Dental Crowns

Dentures

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