Teeth Grinding Treatment

Limit the Damage From Your Teeth Grinding Habit

Teeth Grinding Treatment

Limit the Damage From Your Teeth Grinding Habit

How Do I Know I Grind My Teeth?

Do you wake up most mornings with excruciating headaches? Are you often troubled with jaw clicking or popping sounds? If yes, you may be a victim of chronic teeth grinding, also called bruxism in dental terms. This condition is commonly aggravated by stress and anxiety but can occur all year round too.

If you’re bothered by nocturnal teeth grinding, then My Local Dentists can provide nightguards to relieve your discomfort and preserve your precious smile. We’re happy to look at your bruxism and advise a personalised treatment plan to manage its effects.

What is Bruxism or Teeth Grinding?

Bruxism or teeth grinding is unintentional teeth grinding or repeated clenching of the jaw usually performed at night during sleep. Many people suffer from nighttime teeth grinding whilst sleeping in their homes. Unfortunately, they remain unaware of the condition until symptoms arise. These symptoms range from increased tooth sensitivity and constant headaches to worn down and yellow teeth.

Tooth wearing results in an improper bite, which can put a strain on your TMJ (jaw joint) and lead to more severe conditions if not treated on time. Individuals can also experience tenderness or soreness in the jaw area.

What Treatment Options Exist for Teeth Grinding?

Comprehensive treatment plan
Where necessary, we advise patients to take symptomatic treatments like stress management, physiotherapy and counselling. Regular exercise also helps relieve stress.

Nightguard
A night guard can protect you from the effects of teeth grinding. The device acts as a restraint between the upper and lower teeth, preventing them from grinding and getting worn.

Customised treatment
Grinding teeth is a problem for many of our patients. We try to get to the source of the problem and customise your treatment accordingly.

Digital dental impressions
A quick and easy digital impression of your teeth is taken to create a mould from which your custom mouthguard can be made. No messy alginate required!

If you want help to stop grinding your teeth, then go ahead and give us a call to schedule an appointment or contact us online. We are eager to help you find a permanent solution for your teeth grinding problems.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the common signs and symptoms of teeth clenching?
Common signs & symptoms of teeth grinding include: 

  • Chipped or cracked teeth
  • Worn down teeth that appear yellow (because of enamel loss) 
  • Tooth sensitivity to hot or cold 
  • Irregular bite 
  • Soreness or tenderness in the jaw
  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain on opening or closing
  • Loose teeth 
  • Grinding sound at night 

If you’re suffering from any of the above symptoms, the My Local Dentists team can help.

What are the TMJ complications of teeth grinding?
Teeth grinding habit, if not treated, may progress to a TMJ (jaw joint) disorder, which may present as:

  • Pain on chewing or opening mouth wide
  • Neck, back or ear pain
  • Restricted mouth opening
  • Clicking or locked jaw

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