Teeth Grinding and Clenching
Bruxism Management Melbourne CBD
Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth.
If you suffer from bruxism, you may unconsciously clench or grind your teeth when you’re awake (awake bruxism) or during sleep (sleep bruxism).
Symptoms of Bruxism
Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:
- Abraded teeth
- Chipped or cracked teeth
- Facial pain
- Extremely sensitive teeth
- Tense facial and jaw muscles
- Jaw dislocation
- Jaw locking
- Wearing away of the tooth enamel
- Popping or clicking in the temporomandibular joint
- Tongue indentations
- Damage to the inside of the cheek
- Wear facets
The symptoms of bruxism may look like other conditions or health problems. See your Melbourne CBD dentist for a diagnosis and treatment.
When to See Your Dentist
See your Melbourne CBD dentist if you have any of the symptoms mentioned above or have other concerns about your teeth or jaw
Occlusal splints are specially designed mouthguards for people who grind and clench their teeth, have a history of pain and dysfunction related to their bite or temporomandibular joints (TMJ), or have completed a full mouth rehabilitation.
Bruxism Management in Melbourne CBD
If left untreated, bruxism will lead to long-term dental wear and damage – and hence the need for further restorative treatment to try to correct the damage caused.
If you or your loved ones suspect that you are a bruxer, please let us know and schedule an appointment.
Visit your Melbourne CBD dentist today!
We are located at Level 17, 190 Queen Street in Melbourne CBD.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why do people grind their teeth?
There are several different reasons why one may grind their teeth; for example, high stress levels can lead to an increase in clenching or grinding of the teeth.
How do I determine if I grind my teeth at night?
Here are some of the most common signs of sleep bruxism:
- Complaints from a partner
- Unexplained damage to teeth
- Painful jaws
- Waking up with a headache
- Changes in facial appearance
How do I stop teeth grinding?
Early stages of bruxism can be controlled by following these tips:
- Get enough sleep
- Lessen the consumption of caffeinated and/or alcoholic products
- Engage in more relaxing activities such as meditation, exercise and counselling
- Perform muscle relief exercises
- Determine if you need to increase your magnesium and calcium intake