Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding, affects 8-10% of the population. Grinding and clenching of your teeth while you sleep can be caused by multiple factors including:
- Narrowed airway
- Small jaws
- Anxiety and depression
If you or someone you know grind their teeth, see a dental professional for examination and treatment. At West Ryde Dental Clinic, we can help identify the cause of your bruxism and provide the best possible solution for your case.
Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
If you have bruxism, you may experience some of the symptoms listed below upon waking up in the morning:
- Painful teeth
- Ear pain
- Stiffness in the face
- Teeth marks on the edges of your tongue
Most people who suffer from bruxism are unaware that they grind or clench their teeth as this often happens during sleep or napping. While for some people this may happen irregularly, chronic nocturnal grinders can cause damage to their own teeth and dental restorations. The grinder may also experience pain, especially in the muscles or joint of the temples as grinding the teeth can deteriorate the temporomandibular joints.
How Teeth Grinding Affects Your Dental Health
Teeth grinding may sound like an ordinary dental problem; however it can result in various simple and serious problems that can affect your dental and overall wellbeing, such as:
- Damaged tooth enamel
- Excessive tooth wear
- Cracked, chipped, or broken teeth
- Damaged fillings, crowns, or veneers
- Painful jaw
- Loose teeth
- Tooth loss (in rare cases)
Solutions for Teeth Grinding
A custom nightguard provided by your dentist can ease your teeth grinding problems. A nightguard, which resembles a mouthguard, is designed for your mouth in order to prevent teeth grinding and clenching. Nightguards are transparent devices that can stop the damage to your teeth caused by bruxism as they prevent the contact of your lower and upper teeth.
To ensure no long-term problems are caused, book a consultation with one of our dentists and an appropriate treatment can be discussed. These treatments can range from simple hot packs and occlusal splints or nightguards, to orthopaedic and orthodontic treatments.
Consult Your West Ryde Dentist Today!
Teeth grinding can put your dental health at risk in the long run. If left untreated, it can cause more serious damage to your teeth, jaw and sleep. At West Ryde Dental Clinic, we can recommend the right solution for your clenching and grinding problems, which may involve dental devices, treatments and therapies.