Get help with teeth grinding at our Mornington dental clinic
Do you, or a loved one from the Mornington Peninsula, suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism)?
Do you frequently experience jaw pain and dental sensitivity related to the condition?
Is the appearance of your smile deteriorating day by day?
Our team at Barkly Street Dental Group can help you. There are a number of causes that can result in teeth grinding (bruxism) and our team can help in identifying and treating them.
What is bruxism and what causes it?
Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding, encompasses habitual, mostly involuntary clenching and grinding of teeth. Many people experience this while they are sleeping (although it can also occur during the day) and remain largely unaware of it until their jaws and facial muscles start aching, visible signs of tooth wear appear or dental sensitivity increases. There are a number of factors that can cause teeth grinding which patients should know about. Some of the more common ones include:
What are the classic symptoms of teeth grinding?
Symptoms of teeth grinding vary from one patient to another depending upon the severity and the length of time that bruxism has been present. Some of the most prominent indications include:
- Frequent headaches
- Facial muscle pain and pain that can mimic ear-ache
- Jaw pain and stiffness of facial muscles with reduced ability in opening your mouth
- TMJ disorder (temporomandibular joint pain and reduced function )
- Teeth sensitivity
- Mobility and pain in certain teeth
- Visible tooth wear; fractured teeth, damaged fillings and dentine exposure
How can teeth grinding treatments at Barkly Street Dental Group help?
We believe that treatments have to be tailored for each individual patient based on their requirements, compliance, medical history and lifestyle. In order to reduce the incidence of teeth grinding it is necessary to determine why it is happening. We offer consultation sessions to help us understand why you grind your teeth. These sessions enable us to serve you better and to recommend the right treatment.
Custom fabricated dental appliances
Our primary treatment for grinding is the use of custom fabricated dental appliances, which are a little like specialised mouth guards. These protect the teeth from further structural deterioration. Fabricated night guards are best used in conjunction with other tailored treatments to help protect the teeth while the underlying causes are being dealt with.
Injectable Muscle relaxants
Finally, we may also recommend muscle relaxant injections in some cases targeting the muscles involved in tooth grinding. These muscles do not involve facial expression so your appearance will not be affected in any way. A thorough discussion and separate consultation is always required before injectables administration is considered. This treatment is for the more severe cases of bruxism and is medically related rather than based on any cosmetic treatment. Orally taken muscle relaxants and painkillers can also be prescribed to manage discomfort and jaw stiffness.
How can our patients help with the treatment?
For problems like teeth grinding, we often need the input of our patients to get the very best outcome from our treatments. You can help by letting us know if you suffer from anxiety or stress. Rest assured that anything you share with us will be completely confidential.
Additionally, you can help yourself by modifying your lifestyle if it includes excessive consumption of alcohol, tobacco, or caffeine. Your positive, realistic expectations from teeth grinding treatments and your willingness to get alternative therapy if needed are important factors in obtaining good results.
If drinking hot or cold beverages has suddenly become painful for you, or if you have been waking up with a dull pain that radiates from your jaw to your ears and head, it is time to give us a call. When struggling with teeth grinding,
Mornington based Barkly Street Dental Group can help. Contact us on (03) 5975 5355 to book an appointment with today.