We're sorry Jo but don't have an answer for you.

In the USA we're absolutely familiar with some dental policies that state that they do not provide coverage for "conditions necessitated by attrition or abrasion."

We surfed nhs.uk quite a bit and really didn't see anything that suggested the same. What we did see was paragraphs like:
"It's important ... that any problems caused by your teeth grinding are treated as soon as possible to prevent further damage."
Treatment ... "clinically necessary to protect and maintain good oral health is available on the NHS. This means the NHS provides any treatment that you need to keep your mouth, teeth, and gums healthy and free of pain, including: ... crowns." (A "band 3" service, not that we necessarily know what band 3 is.)

It would probably be a good idea for you to investigate the information on nhs.uk about "bruxism." Learn about all of the symptoms they discuss that are common with this problem so you're not overlooking any legitimate claims and complaints and make sure your dentist knows you are experiencing them.

Short of that, possibly you need a second opinion, or at least someone who will take the time to explain why your functional problems are only recognized by NHS as cosmetic ones.

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