Bruxism is a common dental condition characterised by the clenching or grinding of teeth, often occurring unconsciously during sleep. It can also happen while awake, especially in times of stress or concentration. Bruxism can lead to various oral health problems and discomfort.
We understand the damaging effects of teeth grinding and clenching, known as bruxism, on your oral health and overall well-being.
Bruxism can lead to a range of dental issues, from worn-down teeth to jaw pain, and can even disrupt your sleep. Our exceptional team of dentists is here to help you find relief from this condition and protect your smile.
The Impact of Bruxism
Bruxism can lead to several dental and overall health problems, including:
- Tooth Damage: Continuous grinding can wear down tooth enamel, leading to tooth fractures and cavities.
- TMJ Disorders: Bruxism can strain the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), causing pain and dysfunction.
- Headaches and Facial Pain: Frequent grinding can lead to persistent headaches and facial discomfort.
- Sleep Disturbances: Bruxism may disrupt your sleep and that of your partner due to loud grinding noises.
- Stress and Anxiety: Bruxism is often linked to stress and anxiety, exacerbating these conditions.
Bruxism Treatment Procedure
To effectively address bruxism, treatment may involve the following steps:
- Diagnosis: Our skilled dentists will evaluate your oral health and the extent of your bruxism through a thorough examination.
- Custom Nightguards: We may recommend a custom-made nightguard or splint to protect your teeth and jaws during sleep.
- Cosmetic Fillers: Using cosmetic fillers, we can help treat the masseter muscle to prevent it from making involuntary movements.
- Dental Restoration: Restoring teeth that have been damaged by bruxism, which may involve dental fillings, crowns, or other restorative procedures.
Benefits of Bruxism Treatment
- Preservation of tooth enamel and dental health.
- Relief from jaw pain and discomfort.
- Improved sleep quality for both you and your partner.
- Enhanced overall well-being and reduced stress.
Aftercare and Maintenance
Regular follow-up appointments are essential to monitor the effectiveness of the treatment and the condition of your nightguard or splint. Additionally, practising stress-reduction techniques can help prevent bruxism relapses.
1. What Is Bruxism?
2. When Is Bruxism a Concern?
Bruxism may be a concern if you experience:
- Tooth Wear: Noticeable flattening, chipping, or wear on your teeth, often leading to increased tooth sensitivity.
- Jaw Pain: Frequent jaw pain, stiffness, or discomfort, which can extend to the face or ears.
- Headaches: Persistent morning headaches or migraines.
- Disrupted Sleep: If you or your partner notice loud teeth-grinding sounds during the night.
- Tongue or Cheek Biting: Frequent damage to the inner cheeks and tongue due to grinding.
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