Teeth Grinding… What is it? If you wake up of a morning with sore teeth or a sore jaw chances are you are a tooth grinder. This condition is known as bruxism.
You can develop bruxism at any age, it is something we do unconsciously, usually as we sleep, but sometimes when we are awake. You may find yourself clenching when you are stressed or concentrating during the day and grinding your teeth at night while you sleep.
Symptoms of Bruxism
- Muscle Aches
- Enlargement of facial muscles
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort
- Stiffness of the shoulders and neck
- Ear pain
- Sleep disorders
- Abnormal wear of teeth
- Teeth becoming loose
What causes Bruxism?
There are numerous reasons why you may suffer with bruxism however these are the most common reasons Dr Jack sees patients at Infinity Dental Care with bruxism.
- Heavy alcohol
- Sleep disorders
If you snore or have sleep apnea research shows that you are more likely to suffer from bruxism.
Treatment for Teeth Grinding
Depending on the cause of your tooth grinding you may be able to re-program yourself to no long grind or clench. If you have a sleep disorder, suffer from anxiety or have certain lifestyle choices that increase your risk, then you may be able to make some small changes to relieve the symptoms.
Dr Jack can evaluate your condition during an examination appointment to develop a treatment plan that is specific to you and your issues. He may recommend you wear a Night Guard to protect your teeth and prevent further wear and damage.
A Night Guard is a custom-made appliance worn at night when the most damage is done. Dr Jack believes this device is the best way to protect your teeth, reducing jaw muscle pain and headaches.
Night Guards may also be known as:
- Occlusal splint
- Occlusal bite guard
- Night plate
- Bruxism appliances
- Mandibular advancement device (for sleep apnea suffers)
Dr Jack and Dr Jo Ann are available at Infinity Dental Care Monday to Saturday with evening appointments available for your convenience. If you believe you are grinding your teeth or suffer from any of the discomforts discussed here contact the Infinity Dental Care team. You will find us in The Winston Hills Mall, 180 Caroline Chisholm Drive, Winston Hills NSW 2153. Call our friendly staff on (02) 9838 9111 to schedule a consultation.