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Bruxism, teeth grinding jaw clenching, bite plate guard - see TMJ

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jaw clenching nocturnal night guard bite plate bulimia teeth grinding bruxism habits oral Dental Reconstruction of a Wall Street executive who suffered from dental phobia and teeth grinding clenching - also called bruxism. Total treatment time was about nine hours in two visits during one business week: Monday (four hours) and Friday (five hours). This patient could not smile in public. In the first row of pictures, note that the bite was over-closed due to a prior history of an eating disorder, now controlled, and a current teeth grinding, bruxism, habit. An Oral Surgery consultation with panoramic x-ray (second row) was performed prior to treatment to evaluate opening the bite to increase vertical dimension. The third row shows x-rays taken after the Endodontist completed eight root canals on the first day on teeth #'s: 6 - 11 and 14, 15. The fourth row shows the lab-processed 11 unit (11 tooth) temporary dental bridge and the cast gold post/cores (with Kaitlyn loops) for the root canal treated teeth. The fifth row of pictures shows the cast gold post/cores cemented with glass ionomer. The sixth row of photos shows the lab-processed temporary dental bridge in place after the oral surgeon extracted teeth #'s: 3 - 5 and 12, crown lengthening periodontal gum surgery was performed on teeth #'s: 6 - 11, and a distal wedge was performed on tooth #15. A one piece porcelain-metal dental bridge - full arch roundhouse bridge - will be made after the gums heal. Dental implants may also be placed in the upper right maxilla. A night guard is also necessary to try to mitigate the force of teeth grinding. Referral for pharmacological management of anxiety was also recommended.
bruxism, mandibular stabilizing appliance, myalgia, myositis, Hawley,  teeth grinding Bruxism is one of many oral habits that are seen in dentistry. Other habits include: tongue finger or thumb sucking, a tongue thrust and cheek lip or nail biting. A mandibular stabilization appliance with a braided brass lingual reinforcement, occlusal stainless steel mesh and ball clasps. This is used to treat myalgia-myositis secondary to bruxism. Note the extension up the lingual aspect of the anterior teeth without incisor coverage. Extra oral pictures of a night guard used in the treatment of teeth grinding clenching.
bruxism, grinding teeth clenching night guard nocturnal bite plate, disocclusion, lateral excursion The mandibular stabilization appliance bite plate is in place on a bruxism patient. Note the cuspid rise to obtain disocclusion during lateral excursions. Intra oral pictures of a night guard used in the treatment of teeth grinding clenching.
teeth grinding clenching bruxism bite Habit thumb sucking finger tongue thrust nail biting lip cheek The left and right lateral view of the mandibular stabilization appliance in place on a bruxism patient. Note the cuspid rise to obtain disocclusion during lateral excursions. Intra oral photos of a night guard - also called a bite plate - used in the treatment of teeth clenching.
bruxism teeth grinding dental veneers wear tooth erosion jaw clenching, mouth bite plate Six upper porcelain laminates - dental veneers - were placed to add tooth length in a bruxism patient. In the pre-op photos note the significant incisal teeth wear due to teeth grinding. A night guard for nocturnal grinding is required.
bruxism teeth grinding clenching incisal bonding wear erosion habits bite plate appliance Incisal dental bonding was used to treat incisal wear associated with bruxism, teeth grinding clenching. A bite plate - night nocturnal guard - is required.


 Information about these dental photos

     In medicine and dentistry "left" and "right" are based upon the orientation of the patient's body and not how they appear in a photograph of a smile.  For example, a reference to the upper left teeth will actually appear to be on the right side when viewing a picture of the face and similarly an upper right tooth will appear to be on the left side.

     Many words in dentistry like oral and mouth have a similar meaning and are frequently used together to help our readers find specific words they best understand.  This is particularly important because a majority of our visitors are from countries where English is not their primary language.  Maxilla or maxillary refer to the upper jaw.  Mandible or mandibular refer to the lower jaw.

     There are many other similar word combinations used throughout this website because our pages are read by patients and dentists.  A few of the most common are discussed here.  Tooth decay, tooth cavity and dental caries all mean the same thing.  Tooth, teeth and dental are also frequently interchanged as in teeth veneers or dental veneer laminate.  Oral rehabilitation and dental reconstruction mean smile makeover.  The word for x-ray may be used with or without a hyphen (this is true for other words too) and can also be called a radiograph.