Do you suffer from headaches, migraines, grinding and clenching? Do you feel daily stresses are being taken out on your teeth? Have you noticed your front teeth appearing shorter or ground-down? Do you have sensitive teeth or cracked teeth and/or fillings?
Bite Therapy looks at why these things may be occurring. We believe that your joints, muscles and teeth are all related. Dr Ash Patel and Dr Shakir Mughal have trained at the Pankey Institute, USA in this very specialised field termed “occlusion”.
Occlusion looks at the way your teeth meet and how you bite and whether this could be linked to any of the problems above. Our teeth meet in a certain way. If we have lots of fillings and dental work, the biting surfaces of our teeth are changed. This change may work well with us and our muscles may adapt to the change. However, if these muscles are overworked they may become fatigued. This can result in headaches, eye pain, neck and shoulder pain or just jaw ache.
We know that some people can live within the limits of their pain, but for some this can become unbearable. Stress from work, home or personal lives can make this worse or just be the tipping factor to start something off. Recent dental work on an unsuspecting individual has also been known to trigger issues.
Due to the pace of our lifestyles, more and more people find themselves clenching and grinding their teeth as a result of stress. This, again, is overworking the muscles and can lead to tooth wear (teeth appearing shorter), sensitivity and of course muscle pain.
We believe you deserve a comprehensive examination to understand your unique concerns and see if we can help.
A splint is different from what is sometimes termed a night guard or mouth guard. A night guard or mouth guard is not specifically designed to the individual and is often bulky and uncomfortable to wear.
One of the easiest ways to see if your teeth play a role in headaches or migraines is to wear a custom-made splint. A splint is a well-fitting and comfortable plastic appliance that can fit on the tops of your teeth. It can be made for either the bottom or the top teeth. It acts like physiotherapy for the jaw and relaxes the jaw muscles over time. This is one of the most effective ways for both the dentist and the client to understand their bite.
The splint is mainly worn at night when you are asleep and the daily stresses tend to be taken out on your teeth. This means the splint takes the forces and helps guide teeth over each other smoothly without causing further damage. The forces that work on your teeth at night are at least twice as much as the maximum force when you are awake. If your teeth are chipped, worn or rough, you probably need a splint.
A splint can also be used for diagnosis before a cosmetic or full mouth makeover. It can be meticulously designed to act as the blueprint for the final smile. Sometimes we will ask you to wear a splint after dental work so that your new beautiful smile stays protected for many years to come.
Sleep Apnoea and Snoring
These conditions can be life-threatening and place strains on relationships. Sleep apnoea is when an individual stops breathing momentarily during sleep. This can cause the individual to wake up in panic and often feel restless. Because the sleep is interrupted, one can feel tired and lethargic. There is also an increased risk of heart attack associated with sleep apnoea.
We can help you by listening and understanding your concerns. If appropriate, we can refer you to sleep clinics and also construct an appliance that helps you breathe and sleep better. This will result in you not snoring and waking up having had a better night's sleep!