Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)
Do you find yourself waking up with a dull headache or a sore jaw? You may not realise that you have a condition called Bruxism, a habit of clenching or grinding teeth. The COVID-19 epidemic has certainly added to the daily stresses in our lives and we are seeing more of this condition than ever. Bruxism can lead to teeth breakdown, jaw joint issues and muscular problems- frequently resulting in headaches.
Causes of bruxism include:
1-Physical stress- such as illness, pain, nutritional deficiencies or dehydration
2-Psychological stress- anxiety and tension
4-Abnormality of teeth or fillings resulting in bite issues
Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include one or more of the following:
1- Teeth pain and sensitivity to hot and cold
2- chronic facial pain with tension headaches
3- Crunching/grinding noises, caused by clenching and gnashing of teeth
4- teeth wear, cracking and breakage of fillings
5- Loose teeth
6- Jaw stiffness and pain, causing restricted opening and difficulty chewing
7- TMJ(jaw joint) damage, clicking and pain
Depending on your dentist’s assessment and the degree of bruxism you may demonstrate one or more treatments may be recommended. These include:
1- stretching exercises
3- Heat application
4- Occlusal splint therapy (custom night guard)
5- Muscle relaxants or Botox therapy
6- Stress management or counselling
7- Bite correction and smoothing of high spots on teeth and fillings
Grinding is a common occurrence for people at some time or another. Consult with one of the dentists at Cottesloe Dental to diagnose and treat your Bruxism issues.
For further information or if you would like to make a booking, please contact us.