Teeth Grinding Treatment
Does your jaw, head or neck ache after you wake? Are your teeth suddenly tender or coming loose? If so, you may be grinding your teeth at night or clenching your jaw during the day. With state-of-the-art technology, Supreme Dental Care specialises in treating and preventing teeth grinding harm.
Understanding the Causes of Bruxism | The Causes of Teeth Grinding
During the restorative hours of sleep, it’s strange to consider your body unconsciously reacting to an emotional or physical stress. But, with teeth grinding, this is exactly what happens. Known as nocturnal bruxism, teeth grinding mainly occurs while sleeping. However, it’s possible to grind or clench teeth while awake, as well.
Regardless of when you do it, the dangers of this mysterious condition are universal. So why do you grind or clench your teeth?
- Emotional Stress | By far, the most common cause of teeth grinding is emotional stress. Whether you lost a job or suffer from chronic anxiety, stress often translates itself through grinding or clenching.
- Medications | Side effects of certain prescriptions, such as depression and ADHD medications, include bruxism. Stimulant-based treatments are often linked with this potentially damaging condition.
- Disease Symptoms | Rarely, bruxism is a symptom of facial nerve and muscle diseases.
- Misaligned Teeth | If your teeth don’t line up or join properly, your body may naturally cause you to clench.
Teeth Grinding Symptoms | The Effects of Excess Pressure
Bruxism symptoms depends on two main factors: severity and dental health. Severe cases, or if you haven’t received treatment for a long time, can erode tooth enamel, which exposes the inner portion of your tooth and results in sensitivity. Over time, it’s possible to actually damage fillings or fracture a tooth. Symptom severity is determined by how long you’ve gone without treatment.
Are you unsure whether or not you’re clenching or grinding your teeth? Keep an eye out for the following symptoms:
- Unexplained morning headaches
- Sudden pain or tightness in your face, specifically around your jaw muscles
- Jaw pain or pain in your shoulders
- Tooth pain or broken, fractured teeth
- A grinding sound coming from your mouth while you sleep
Supreme Restoration and Protection | Teeth Grinding Treatment Procedure
If you think you may be grinding your teeth, immediately book an appointment with one our experienced dentists in Glen Waverley. The key to preventing serious damage is quick diagnosis. Our dentists will evaluate your teeth and recommend a treatment based on severity and type.
Teeth grinding treatments are determined by its cause and damage. For example, if it’s caused by stress, reduction treatments, such as therapy or anti-anxiety medications are recommended.
The most common treatment measure is a customised mouth guard. Made out of durable materials, our dentists make a mould of your teeth to create a comfortable, effective night time mouth guard. With regular wear, you’ll prevent further dental damage and pain.