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    Default Bruxism - Any Specialists?

    Over the past year I have noticed that my teeth have become heavily worn down. Fine cracks have appeared, gum recession has led to pockets forming and I now have gaps between my teeth. My teeth have also taken on a yellower appearance due to exposed dentin and I am experiencing a lot of pain due to swollen and bleeding gums.
    After explaining this problem to a number of dentists I have self-diagnosed this as a bad case of bruxism and have had a custom tray created (at significant cost) to try and prevent further damage. Unfortunately, I believe this has only worsened the problem as this has led to me clenching rather than grinding my teeth.
    I have tried literally everything Ė lifestyle changes, diet changes, varying sleep patterns, exercising jaw muscles but nothing seems to prevent this condition.
    So far my experience with dentists has been thoroughly disappointing, ranging from NHS dentists who simply donít care to private & cosmetic dentists who are only interested in selling you services as exorbitant prices.
    Could anyone recommend a dentist who specialises in bruxism treatment or has knowledge of this condition?

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    Ironically, I've just finished giving a web seminar to dentists about bruxism and it's effects!

    There is no particular speciality in the treatment of bruxism, rather it largely depends upon the experience and post graduate training of dentists. This area is not taught particularly well due to it's complex nature.

    My recommendation is to speak with dentists regarding their experience and confidence in treating the effects of bruxism

    I hope this helps
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    Thank you for taking the time to reply to my query Dr Khaira.
    I would still be very grateful to hear from anyone who could recommend, from personal experience or a professional recommendation, a dentist who has some knowledge of treating bruxism.
    Unfortunately, I have become very disillusioned with the profession. After seeing a number of dentists in the past year I am tired of taking time off work and paying expensive consultation fees just to ask simple questions. Whilst I accept that my condition is not one that is easy to treat, if I am to spend any more money (including the purchase of £300+ splints I have been quoted) then I would rather do so with someone who at least can recognise some of the problems that I have.

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    I think I would be able to help but would need to see you for a consultation
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    Thank you Dr Khaira, I realise reading my post back that it came off a bit confrontational, which was not my intention. I shall try and do some further research before considering a consultation (unfortunately your pratice is quite far away from the midlands, where I live).

    Kind regards.

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    I understand and it's not a problem. It's impossible to guess tone of comment when something is written. If you need further guidance do let me know
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