Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is a common affliction that can cause moderate discomfort to the lives of sufferers. Brought about by the grinding of teeth in sleep, painful symptoms can affect the jaw and teeth, making it difficult to talk, chew and speak.
If you’re grinding your teeth in sleep, you may experience:
If you notice any of these signs, make an appointment to discover the teeth grinding treatments available.
Teeth grinding can be caused by a range of different factors, including biological, psychological and external factors. This means everything from genetics and personality traits through to smoking and drinking alcohol can lead to the grinding of teeth in sleep. Stress is also a common factor. Your dentist can help to determine what the likely cause of your teeth grinding is and suggest lifestyle changes to minimise its occurrence.
Teeth grinding can be prevented by making efforts to reduce stress and anxiety in your day-to-day life. Practicing relaxation techniques can relieve tension, helping to relax muscles and prevent jaw clenching and grinding. Wearing a custom mouthguard or dental splint can also prevent teeth grinding by holding the teeth apart while you sleep.
At East Bentleigh Dental Group, we offer a range of treatments to help prevent teeth grinding and alleviate its negative effects on the teeth and jaw. Available options include:
To alleviate the tension that causes teeth grinding at home, you may find it useful to try mindfulness or meditation. Gently massaging the jaw, neck and shoulders may also help to reduce tension that leads to grinding.
Yes, stress is one of the biggest contributing factors when it comes to teeth grinding during sleep. Other causes of night-time grinding can include the consumption of caffeine and the use of certain medications.
You can take steps to stop grinding your teeth in your sleep by minimising consumption of stimulants such as caffeine and nicotine, relaxing your jaw before bed, and holding a warm compress against the area to help loosen tight muscles. Our dentist will be able to recommend further solutions for preventing teeth grinding at night.
This can depend on the specific cause of teeth grinding. In some cases, it might be possible to identify a cause that can be treated to stop teeth grinding for good. In other cases, ongoing treatment will be necessary to manage the condition over time.
Grinding your teeth is bad for various reasons. Not only does it cause damage to the teeth itself in the form of worn down enamel and cracks in the teeth, but it can also lead to significant jaw pain and TMD.
As every individual is different, the causes of bruxism can vary from person to person. Some patients may benefit from a medical treatment, and if this is the case, our dentist will recommend a suitable option after examining your teeth.
If you’re experiencing tooth pain as a result of grinding, you should make an appointment with your dentist as soon as possible. A filling or other restorative treatment may be necessary to repair damage done to the teeth. Your dentist can also make a custom mouthguard that can be worn to relieve the pain caused by teeth grinding.
If you’re seeking relief from the painful symptoms of teeth grinding, make an appointment with East Bentleigh Dental Group today.