Teeth Grinding Treatment
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a fairly common condition, particularly in children. Often people will be unaware that they grind their teeth at night until their partner complains about it, or they present to their physician with recurring toothache, jaw pain, facial pain, ear pain or general tiredness from lack of sleep.
At Parramatta Green Dental, we’re happy to offer solutions that may be of service to you.
What Causes Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding is usually an involuntary behaviour, and the actual cause is not always clear-cut.
In some cases, the grinding may initially be caused by stress or anxiety, with a regular habit forming over time. The misalignment of teeth or the involuntary movement of the jaw may also cause grinding during sleep. Teeth grinding has also been associated with some forms of sleep apnea.
Effects of Teeth Grinding
The early effects of teeth grinding are limited, and may result in generalised tooth or jaw pain, especially in the mornings, However, over the course of many years, the effects of grinding may be more severe as the tooth enamel begins to wears away. Grinding may also cause tooth fractures, loosening or even loss of teeth.
As time wears on, teeth grinders are more likely to require major dental interventions, such as bridges, crowns, root canals, implants and partial dentures. The bad news is, because grinding tends to impact the entire jaw, treatment may be required for multiple teeth, and in extreme cases could result in the need for complete dentures to replace lost teeth.
How to Stop Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding can be caused by multiple factors, so it’s vital to consult with your dentist on the best approach to treatment.
A mouth guard worn at night may help to reduce the effects of grinding by providing a physical barrier between the teeth. It is important that the guard be custom-fitted by your dentist to ensure maximal comfort and effectiveness.
Stress or anxiety-related grinding may be alleviated by practicing relaxation or stress management techniques.
Regular dental check ups will allow your dentist to keep an eye on any likely damage, and help you to manage your grinding to ensure minimal discomfort.
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If you are experiencing any symptoms of teeth grinding, make an appointment with one of our experienced dentists today.
* Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.