Don’t let teeth grinding take a toll on your oral health. Our dental team is extensively trained to provide comprehensive care, helping patients effectively manage and treat this condition.
What Is Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, is a common condition where a person unconsciously clenches or grinds their teeth, often during sleep or while awake.
Bruxism can manifest as forceful grinding, clenching, or gnashing of the teeth, and it may occur intermittently or become a habitual behavior.
Factors Leading to Teeth Grinding?
The exact causes of teeth grinding are not always clear, and it can result from a combination of factors. Some of the potential causes and contributing factors of teeth grinding include:
Emotional stress, anxiety, or tension can lead to an increase in muscle activity, including clenching and grinding of the teeth, especially during sleep.
Bruxism is more common in individuals with certain sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, where breathing interruptions during sleep can trigger teeth grinding.
Abnormal alignment of the upper and lower teeth can cause an uneven bite, leading to bruxism as the body tries to find a comfortable position for the jaw.
Gaps from missing teeth or teeth that do not fit together correctly may contribute to bruxism as the jaw seeks stability and balance during sleep.
Some medications, particularly those used to treat psychiatric conditions, can have side effects like teeth grinding. Additionally, excessive caffeine or alcohol consumption may exacerbate the problem.
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Comprehensive Care for Teeth Grinding
At Coolamon Dental Centre, our dedicated dental team conducts thorough examinations to identify the underlying causes of teeth grinding in each patient. We understand the importance of personalised care and, as such, create customised treatment plans to address this condition effectively.
To protect teeth during sleep, we offer custom-made night guards and dental splints, providing a shield against the forces of grinding and preventing further dental damage.
When to Seek Professional Help
Knowing when to seek professional help for teeth grinding is crucial in preventing further dental complications and finding effective solutions. If you experience any of the following signs or symptoms, it’s essential to consult a dentist or healthcare professional promptly:
If you notice that you regularly clench or grind your teeth, especially during sleep, or if your partner informs you of loud grinding noises, it’s time to seek professional evaluation.
Excessive teeth grinding can lead to tooth wear, chipping, or fractures. If you observe these dental signs, consult a dentist for a comprehensive assessment.
Frequent teeth grinding can strain the jaw muscles, leading to discomfort or soreness around the jaw area. Seeking professional help can address the underlying cause of this pain.
Bruxism may cause headaches or earaches, as the pressure from clenching or grinding can radiate to these areas. Consulting a healthcare professional can help identify the source of your discomfort.
Grinding can wear down the tooth enamel, leading to increased tooth sensitivity. If you notice heightened sensitivity, it’s essential to get a dental evaluation.
If you experience sleep disturbances or wake up with a tired or tense jaw, a healthcare professional can help assess if bruxism is affecting your sleep quality.
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