Get Help with Teeth Grinding at Mornington-Based Barkly Street Dental Group
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:
• Dental malocclusion and/or a poor bite
• Sleep Apnoea
• Neurological diseases
• Anger & frustration
• Substance abuse
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?
Custom fabricated dental appliances
Injectable Muscle relaxants
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 Dr Harrison today.