Do you grind your teeth?

By Dr Martina Pirklova

Dip Imp Dent RCS (Eng). Level 7 Certificate in Injectable Aesthetic Non-Surgical Interventions

More than a quarter of us will experience teeth grinding at some point in our lives and it can be a horrible experience to go through. The side effects can be painful and persistent, including headaches, facial pain, migraines, earache and more. It can also wear down your teeth over time.

Bruxism, to give teeth grinding it’s official name, and clenching of the jaw can often go underdiagnosed because it usually happens during sleep, while concentrating or under stress.

What causes teeth grinding?

It isn’t always clear why teeth grinding happens but it is often brought on by stress, anxiety or problems sleeping. It can also sometimes be a side effect of taking certain types of medication, such as anti-depressants.

What treatments are available?

The first step is to conduct a thorough assessment which then allows us to devise a complete treatment plan.

Most commonly, a combination of treatments is the most effective and that’s where my expertise as a qualified facial aesthetics clinician and a dental surgeon really bear fruit for my patients.

Botox can be used as part of an effective treatment plan as the muscle relaxing injections significantly reduce the parafunctional intensity in the masseter and temporalis muscles helping to ease your symptoms.

A mouth guard or mouth splint, known as a Sleep Clenching Inhibitor, may also be recommended to reduce the sensation of clenching or grinding your teeth. Much like a Boxers mouth guard, the splint helps to reduce the activity of the chewing muscles. It also helps reduce pain and prevent tooth wear, as well as protecting against further damage. You can find out more about the Sleep Clenching Inhibitor here.

The benefits of treatment

Teeth grinding is often associated with severe headaches, facial pain, migraines and earache. A comprehensive treatment plan can reduce and even eliminate these painful side effects.

People who grind their teeth often have over-developed jaw muscles which makes the face appear wider and more masculine looking that some of us may like. At REclinic, we can sometimes use Botox to help relax these overdeveloped muscles giving your face a slimmer and softer shape.

You can find out more about jaw slimming treatments here. https://www.reclinic.co.uk/treaments/botox/jaw-slimming

Why seeing an Aesthetics Clinician with a strong dental background helps?

Many patients come to see me after many years of failed dental treatments and suffering. That’s because the most effective way to treat bruxism is with a combination of both dental treatments in the form of a mouth splint and non-surgical injections to help relax the jaw muscles.

My experience as both a facial aesthetics clinician and a dental surgeon gives me an in-depth knowledge of the facial structure and enables me to provide patients with an holistic treatment plan.

A little bit more about me…

After graduating from Dental school in 2011, I joined the team at Audley Dental Solutions team in 2014, whilst continuing my studies to become a fully qualified Dental Implant Surgeon. I was extremely proud and honoured to be one of just three people to achieve a Diploma in Implant Dentistry from the prestigious Royal College of Surgeons in 2018 - one of the most highly respected implant qualifications in the UK.

Since 2015, I have also qualified in non-surgical aesthetic procedures and now have a loyal clientele across Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire.

My passion for delivering unique, bespoke patient-centred treatments led to a decision to open REclinic within state-of-the-art clinical premises in 2019.

I am constantly developing my skills in implant regenerative techniques and keep up to date with the latest techniques and research to deliver the very best aesthetic results.

Client testimonial

One of our clients recommended his wife to us after seeing several dentists about teeth grinding with no successful results. I was able to devise a treatment plan that solved the issue leaving them both very happy. Watch the video at the top of this blog post to hear how treatment has helped them both.

There's no need to suffer the painful and upsetting consequences of teeth grinding. Book a free consultation with me, Dr Martina, to discuss the range of effective treatment options available.

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