Relationship between Bruxism and Malocclusion

There is a relationship between bruxism and malocclusion (misaligned teeth or incorrect bite). Malocclusion can cause the teeth to fit together improperly, which can lead to bruxism. When the teeth do not fit together correctly, the jaw muscles may be forced to work in a way that is not natural, resulting in tension and stress. In response, the person may grind their teeth or clench their jaw, exacerbating the malocclusion.

On the other hand, bruxism can also cause malocclusion. The chronic grinding and clenching can wear down the teeth, causing them to become misaligned over time. Additionally, the pressure put on the teeth from bruxism can cause them to shift or move, which can ultimately change the overall bite.

Bruxism and Malocclusion


In addition, Temporo-mandibular Joint disorders can result from grinding or clenching your teeth, and can lead to headaches and jaw pain. Misaligned bite patterns, crowded teeth or other dental imperfections can contribute to this disorder. Orthodontic treatment can help alleviate or even prevent TMJ problems by creating proper bite patterns.

Overall, malocclusion and bruxism can interact in a complex manner, and each can contribute to the other. In some cases, correcting malocclusion may relieve the symptoms of bruxism, while in others, managing bruxism may be necessary to prevent further misalignment of the teeth. A dentist or an orthodontist can evaluate the situation and recommend a treatment plan that is specific to each person’s needs.

Call us if you would like to discuss your concerns. Our dentist at Sonria, will be
only too please to assist you on this matter.

You can find us at 25 Devonshire place, W1g 6JD.
Tel: 02072241402

wisdom teeth

Wisdom teeth are the third set of molars that typically emerge in the late teens or early twenties. While some people may not experience any problems with their wisdom teeth, others may suffer from a range of complications. These complications can include pain, infection, tooth decay, and even damage to surrounding teeth and gums.


Pericoronitis on Lower right wisdom tooth

One of the most common complications associated with wisdom teeth is impaction. This occurs when the tooth does not fully emerge from the gum line, or emerges at an angle, causing it to press against neighbouring teeth. Impacted wisdom teeth can cause pain, swelling, and infection, and may require extraction.

Another complication that can arise from wisdom teeth is tooth decay. Wisdom teeth are located at the back of the mouth, which can make them difficult to reach and clean properly. This can lead to the accumulation of food particles and bacteria, which can cause cavities and decay.

Dental decay

Dental decay on Lower left seven and Wisdom tooth

Dental decay on Lower left seven and Wisdom tooth

In some cases, wisdom teeth can also cause damage to adjacent teeth and gums. When wisdom teeth emerge at an angle, they can push against neighbouring teeth, causing them to shift or become misaligned. This can also cause damage to the surrounding gums, leading to inflammation and infection.

In rare cases, wisdom teeth can also cause cysts or tumours to develop in the jawbone. These growths can be painful and may require surgery to remove.

Cyst and Infection On A Wisdom Tooth

For these reasons, many dentists recommend having wisdom teeth removed as a preventive measure. This is often done in the late teens or early twenties, before the wisdom teeth have fully emerged and had a chance to cause complications.


Cyst and infection on a Wisdom tooth

Wisdom tooth extraction is typically a minor surgical procedure that can be performed under local anaesthesia or IV sedation. The dentist or oral surgeon will make an incision in the gum line to access the tooth, and may need to remove some bone to fully extract it. After the tooth is removed, the area will be cleaned and stitched closed.

Impacted Wisdom Tooth

Recovery from wisdom tooth extraction typically takes a few days to a week. Patients may experience some swelling, discomfort, and bleeding, but these symptoms can be managed with pain medication and rest. It is also important to avoid strenuous activity and stick to a soft-food diet during the recovery period.

Impacted Wisdom tooth

Impacted Wisdom tooth

In conclusion, wisdom teeth can cause a range of complications, including impaction, tooth decay, and damage to adjacent teeth and gums. While some people may not experience any problems with their wisdom teeth, others may need to have them removed as a preventive measure. If you are experiencing pain or discomfort related to your wisdom teeth, it is important to consult with your dentist or oral surgeon to determine the best course of treatment.

If you have any questions about your wisdom teeth, please contact Sonria Dental Clinic. Our specialist Dr Ciro Gilvetti will be only too please to assist.

Top Tips for a Healthy Smile

Top Tips for a Healthy Smile

Having good oral health is really important.
A healthy smile doesn’t only benefit your mouth, it also helps you achieve better physical and mental wellbeing.
The good news is that a healthy mouth is easy to achieve!

1-Brush your teeth twice day
Brushing removes leftover food particles that can bond with saliva to form plaque. These particles feed the bacteria that naturally live in our mouths. Their digestive acids can eat through our tooth enamel, causing decay and gum disease.

Brushing for two minutes, first thing in the morning and last thing at night, with a fluoride toothpaste, is key to maintaining good oral health.

3-Flossing is as important as brushing
It removes plaque from places that your toothbrush alone can’t reach. If plaque is allowed to remain in these hard-to-reach areas, it will lead to tooth decay and gum disease. The latter has been linked to increased risk of cardiovascular problems, Alzheimer’s, respiratory disease, rheumatoid

arthritis, coronary artery disease and problems controlling blood sugar in diabetes.

4-Use toothpaste with fluoride
Fluoride helps strengthen tooth enamel, making it an important additive to toothpaste. Using toothpaste and/or mouthwash with fluoride can reverse tooth decay at early stages, reducing the need for fillings.

Healthy Smile

5-Limit sugar intake
The bacteria in our mouths thrives on sugar. This is a major contributor to tooth decay. Reducing the amount of sugar in your diet, combined with regular brushing and flossing, can help keep the bacteria under control.

6-See your dentist at least once a year
Regular dental examinations are necessary for preserving your oral health. Your dentist is trained to recognize early signs of tooth decay, gum disease and oral cancer, before they turn severe. This can help you avoid complicated and expensive dental procedures.

7-Maintain a healthy diet
A healthy diet is important, not just for overall wellbeing, but for your teeth in ways you might not expect. In addition to good nutrition that helps your bones and teeth grow and stay healthy, a lot of fruits and vegetables are crunchy and chewy. These promote the production of saliva. More saliva means the mouth is naturally washed out more often.

8-Stay hydrated
Keeping your body hydrated helps your mouth produce enough saliva to keep your teeth clean. Saliva natural washes out the mouth, removing oral bacteria and the food particles that they feed upon.
Your body needs water to function effectively. The same goes for your mouth. With a super dry mouth, particles are more likely to stick to your teeth, leading to potential decay and cavity formation. Sip water throughout the day, and don’t wait until you’re thirsty. By then, dehydration has already set in.

Healthy Smile

9-Don’t forget your tongue
When you brush your teeth, don’t forget to run the brush over your tongue to remove accumulated foul-smelling bacterial waste that causes bad breath.

10-Don’t chew on hard items
This may seem like common sense. Try not

to bite down on hard candies or non-food items like pen caps or fingernails. They are not to be chewed and can damage and break your teeth.
Your teeth are not “tools” to open things. This is a bad idea as you can crack or chip a tooth.

11-Take care of your toothbrush
Your toothbrush doesn’t need any special cleaning, but make sure it dries after each use and there is no leftover toothpaste. Store it upright and exposed to air. You should change your toothbrush every three to four months.

12-Reduce Acid diet and Stains on your teeth
Certain foods and drinks are more likely to stain teeth than others. Some foods and drinks to limit include red wine, coffee, cola, tomato sauce, chocolate, soy sauce, dark berries, and tea. It’s also advisable to reduce your intake of highly acidic foods and drinks which can wear away at the tooth’s enamel. Anything in moderation usually works, and if you’re not sure what may be staining your teeth, talk to your dentist to get to the bottom of it.

13-A Straighter Smile

Having that “Hollywood” smile is not only about looks alone. If your teeth are crowded, crooked, or your bite is off, it could cause problems that are more than aesthetically displeasing. Your teeth could shift and spacing could develop. Severely crowded teeth could become hard to brush effectively, leading to food getting lodged between them. This will cause gum disease and/or dental decay.

14-Dealing With Missing Teeth
If you have any missing teeth, it can compromise your entire smile. The gap left behind may cause the surrounding teeth to shift, creating a domino effect that could reshape your entire bite. Not only is a missing tooth unflattering, but the damage potential is large. Your dentist can fit you a sturdy replacement that will look and function just like a real tooth.

15-Get Over Grinding And Combat Clenching
You may not even realize that you clench your jaw or grind your teeth. This puts stress on your whole mouth and can cause pain, headaches, the wearing away of the enamel and/or fractured teeth. If you suspect you are doing either of these things, talk to your dentist. You may require a night guard. You do not want to chip or crack a tooth before you seek a solution.

16-Use Your Own Toothbrush – Sharing Isn’t Smart
Forgot your toothbrush while staying over at someone else’s place? If they don’t have a spare, don’t share. Either skip brushing this one time or swish some toothpaste and mouthwash around your mouth to freshen up. Sharing can introduce bacteria into your mouth, something far worse than missing one brushing session.

17-Skip The Sugary Snacks
For those with a sweet tooth, giving up their favorite treats is a tough ask. Cookies, cakes, candies, and chocolates are oh so tempting, but they can eat away at your teeth. Reduce the sugary snacks, and try some fresh fruit instead.

18-Start cleaning in-between your teeth
Brushing may come before flossing in the dictionary, but it shouldn’t when it comes to our teeth. Research shows that interdental cleaning before brushing is the best way to clean our teeth effectively.

The action of cleaning in between our teeth, using interdental brushing, dental floss or water or air flossers, loosens bacteria and food debris from between our teeth. This allows brushing to be much more successful at removing plaque.

19-Spit, don’t rinse
After we have brushed our teeth, we should spit out the toothpaste and NOT rinse! This ensures that the fluoride found in the majority of toothpastes will remain on the teeth and continue to be effective in protecting them.

Fluoride is the most important ingredient in the toothpaste. It greatly helps oral health by strengthening the enamel, making it more resistant to tooth decay.

20-Try a fluoride mouthwash
You can provide a boost to your oral health by using a fluoride mouthwash between brushes. This helps to clear the mouth of debris. It also aids you in stopping plaque from building-up on your gums, in-between teeth, and on the their surface.

Mouthwash can help to freshen our breath by killing the bacteria associated with bad breath.
Note, mouth washing is NOT a replacement for toothbrusing.

21-Beware of snacking
Try and maintain a healthy balanced diet. For our teeth it’s important to avoid sugar and acids, when we can.
Snacking every now and again may seem harmless but can actually do more damage than you think.
Many of us are guilty of regularly skipping meals and eating sugary snacks instead.

It’s far better for our teeth and general health if we eat three meals a day instead of having snacks to get us through.

22-It’s never too early or too late
For children, it’s never too early to learn about the importance of great oral health and how to achieve it. Brushing twice a day, using fluoridated toothpaste and seeing the dentist 2 to 3 times a year.
The dentist can stop small decay from getting worse with preventative measures such as fluoride applications and fissure sealants.

leading private and cosmetic dentists

SoCosmetic Dentist Central Londonnria Dental, leading private and cosmetic dentists clinic is to be featured in Februarys edition of at home magazine, the editorial with Dr Christian Jessen (of TV’s Embarrassing Bodies) out lines some of the treatments available at Sonria, the leading dentists in central London, alongside advice for people with dental problems. With a double page editorial and a profile on our own expert dentist Layla Packham.

The At Home article is testament to Sonria’s long established reputation for not only being helpful, friendly and professional but also as the leading private and cosmetic dentists in Central London.

You can subscribe to At Home Magazine to read February’s edition here

You can see services we offer here or get in touch today to find out more

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Below you can see a preview of the editorial on Sonria Dental Clinic


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action on sugar

According to Oral health charity British Dental Health Foundation are calling for action on sugar which would including a reduction on price promotions in stores, sugar reduction in everyday food and drink and an introduction of a 10-20% tax on sugary soft drinks.

This come after a PHE (Public Health England) report on sugar stating “children’s tooth extractions cost the NHS around £30 million per year, with the biggest cause being tooth decay” cause predominantly by sugar. To learn more about dental hygiene click here

The report calls for a reduction on price promotions in stores, sugar reduction in everyday food and drink in general and an implementation of a 10-20% tax on soft drinks.

Tooth extractions for kids can cost the NHS and Government £30 million per year. The biggest cause being tooth decay and tooth decay excerbated by over consumption of sugar. Sugary food and drink are also the biggest reason for children being admitted to hospital for general anaesthetics. This cannot be allowed to continue. There is a definite need for quick and decisive action and there needs to be high level intervention to help change the Britain’s attitude to sugar.

The Government has so far resisted the call for the Sugar tax but reviews like this may help to sway them.

Read the full article here

DH&T Article Sonria Dental where Leyla discusses the use of local deals and the NSK Prophy Mate Neo as marketing.

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Preventative Dentistry Prevents Disease

Preventative Dentistry Prevents Disease. We wanted to provide you with a link to a site that talks about how looking after your gum and general oral healthcare can reduce the chances of getting diseases in the future. This article by dental health is a fascinating read for anyone that wants to know more about preventing oral diseases and maintaining general good oral health care.

You can read the full article here and view our services on preventative dentistry