Early treatment of teeth grinding can help prevent further damage to teeth.
What is Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) involves the grinding or clenching of the teeth usually occurring at night or under stress. It can also occur during the day as the result of being stressed or being in deep concentration.
If teeth grinding is left untreated, it can often lead to further damage to the teeth becoming more permanent or even resulting in Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD). TMD causes pain within the jaw joint and muscles that controls the movement of your jaw.
If you are suffering from any pain around the jaw or neck region, it is important to visit your local dentist as it could be the result of teeth grinding or the start of TMJ.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
Majority of the time, teeth grinding occurs during the night and most people are unaware that it is happening. However, there are a few symptoms that may give some hints of it occuring. The symptoms including
- Excessive wear to the teeth (including cracks and chips)
- Pain around the jaw and ear area
- Stiffness in the jaw while chewing
- Teeth becoming sensitive when eating and consuming food
- Loud grinding noises during the night
Teeth Grinding Treatment
Here at LARA dental, we have a range of treatment options for teeth grinding. These are:
- Splints and mouth guards – Both of these options have been designed to help keep teeth separated to prevent any further damage cause by the grinding of teeth at night.
- Stress reduction – It can be as easy as just reducing stress in your life. Some effective techniques can include relaxing, exercising and even the reduction of caffeinated foods and drinks can help to prevent teeth grinding.
- Sleeping patterns – If teeth grinding is occurring during the night, sorting out and setting up a healthy sleep pattern can be one of the best ways to avoid grinding or clenching of the teeth. It is also recommended to avoid any high caffeinated drinks (ie coffees or energy drinks) during late afternoon or throughout the evening.
- Restorative dentistry – If teeth have been damaged from teeth grinding, restorative dentistry is used to restore excellent oral health as well as assisting the realignment of the bite.
If you are noticing signs of TMJ disorder or would like more information about TMJ treatment, contact our experienced team today.