Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

Teeth Grinding, Teeth Clenching Causes Damage to Teeth

What is Teeth Grinding or Bruxism?

Teeth grinding or bruxism is the habit of gnashing or clenching the teeth together unconsciously. It may either happen during the day, or at night as sleep bruxism.

What are implications of bruxism?

Grinding teeth causes premature wear of the tooth, and as the teeth become worn out and shorter, there will be facial changes with loss of vertical dimension and shortening of the lower face (below the nose to chin area will look shorter)

Does it happen during sleep only?

Grinding of teeth or clenching can happen either during sleep, or during the day. Biting your teeth together or clenching your jaw is may occur in episodes spread throughout the day or night during sleep.

Signs and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding

Jaw pain and neck pain are two frequent signs of teeth grinding. These occur because of the tightening of these muscles during episodes of bruxism.

Morning headaches that feel like tension headaches are another potential symptom. Unexplained damage to teeth can also be a sign of nighttime clenching and grinding of teeth.

Sleep bruxism or grinding during sleep occurs in episodes throughout the night, and may not be the same frequency each night. Thus, you may not be aware that you are grinding your teeth during your sleep.

Should You be Worried about Teeth Grinding?

Our teeth are subjected to tremendous forces every day from regular chewing, speaking or habits such as grinding, nail biting and more.

Unlike the other hard structures of the human body like bones or nails, the tooth is not able to heal. This means that any damage, such as cracks or chips to the tooth, is permanent and irreversible.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause our teeth to suffer from premature wear. Therefore, it is important that we identify and treat them early.

Dental Mouth Guards
Protection for your teeth

Night guards help to protect your teeth from grinding against each other and wearing out. They also protect your jaw muscles from clenching too hard together.

There are different types of dental guards available which are prescribed based on severity of bruxism, type of bruxism as well as dental guards which protect against damage from external sources eg. sports mouth guard.

Types of Dental Mouth Guard


Grinding Mouth Guard

Sleep bruxism or night grinding is involuntary. This means it is not possible to control.

A grinding mouth guard or night guard is worn during sleep to protect the teeth from damage.

Dental Splint

In some cases, teeth grinding or clenching can cause pain. The pain may be experienced as a tightness in the facial muscles, or in severe cases, can be debilitating pain that limits function.

Most of the time, a grinding mouth guard is able to resolve the pain. However, a percentage of people will need a more specialised dental splint to solve the issue.

Please consult our dentist immediately if you are experiencing pain.

Sports Mouth Guard

The sports mouth guard is worn to protect the teeth against any damage that might happen during sports. A sports guard from the dentist is custom fitted to ensure a well fitting guard that is comfortable and which will not loosen during activity.

Especially recommended for contact sports such as soccer, football, boxing etc. or any other activity where trauma is possible

  • Any impact to the face can be transmitted to the teeth, causing tooth fracture or loosening of the teeth.
  • Wearing the sports mouth guard will help to mitigate the shock and protect the teeth
  • If the impact is very  high and there is sustained damage or pain to the teeth, please contact us immediately for a full check for any damage to the teeth and bone.

3D Printed Custom Mouth Guard

Each mouthguard that we create is individually made with our in-house dental laboratory for quality control, ensuring an optimum fit for better comfort when wearing your mouth guard.

3D Scanning + 3D Printing

Over at Dental Designs, we make sure that our patients are as comfortable as possible during the process of mouth guard fabrication. We harness technology with intra-oral scanners to create a virtual record of the teeth shape and position, and 3D print high detail dental models within 25 micron accuracy. This replaces traditional methods such as dental mould taking and stone models that are often inaccurate and unpleasant for our clients.

Authentic materials

We use HSA approved materials with long-term track records to make sure our products are safe and long-lasting.

Precise fit

With 3D scanning and printing, we are able to fabricate accurate models of your teeth so that your retainers will fit better. A better fit means that your teeth are better maintained in that position.

Convenient Replacement Retainers

Order another duplicate retainer without needing an appointment to do a 3D Scanning (or a dental mould) again.

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No Dental Moulds with 3D Scans

Dental moulds are a part of traditional dentistry and are uncomfortable. We do 3D digital scanning of your teeth instead which are fast, comfortable and more accurate.

Data Archiving

Your dental records are saved in our secure databank. This saves you time if you wish to make another retainer in the future or if your dentist needs to use it as a reference.

Short turnaround

Our highly skilled in-house lab significantly reduces processing time needed to create your retainers. If you urgently need replacement retainers, please let us know as we are able to help.

Quality Materials. Precision Equipment.
Accurate fit for effective and comfortable mouth guard.

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Sleep Apnea

Sleep Apnea and Dentistry

In some people, Sleep Apnea may worsened by your jaw position, constricted upper jaw, or crowded teeth.

Grinding teeth or bruxism has been linked with sleep apnea. in mild cases of sleep apnea or  snoring, dental treatment may be able to improve the condition.

Our dentist can help to assess whether your condition is suitable to be treated dentally or if you need to be referred to a sleep doctor or ENT for treatment.

What Is Sleep Apnea? How Does it Affect Me?

Sleep apnea is a common disorder in which you stop breathing or shallow breaths while you sleep. The blood oxygen saturation in patients with sleep apnea may drop to dangerously low levels during sleep causing hypoxemia.

Breathing pauses can last from a few seconds to minutes. They may occur 30 times or more an hour. Typically, normal breathing then starts again, sometimes with a loud snort or choking sound.

Sleep apnea usually is a chronic (ongoing) condition that disrupts your sleep. When your breathing pauses or becomes shallow, you’ll often move out of deep sleep and into light sleep.

As a result, the quality of your sleep is poor, which makes you tired during the day. Sleep apnea is a leading cause of excessive daytime sleepiness.

Do You Have Sleep Apnea?

Sleep apnea often goes undiagnosed. Doctors usually can’t detect the condition during routine office visits. Also, no blood test can help diagnose the condition.

Most people who have sleep apnea don’t know they have it because it only occurs during sleep. A family member or bed partner might be the first to notice signs of sleep apnea.

The most common type of sleep apnea is obstructive sleep apnea. In this condition, the airway collapses or becomes blocked during sleep. This causes shallow breathing or breathing pauses.

When you try to breathe, any air that squeezes past the blockage can cause loud snoring. Obstructive sleep apnea is more common in people who are overweight, but it can affect anyone. For example, small children who have enlarged tonsil tissues in their throats may have obstructive sleep apnea.

Source: National Hearth, Lung and Blood Institute USA (http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/sleepapnea)

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