Commonly referred to as Teeth Grinding and Clenching
Bruxism is a term used to describe the action of grinding and clenching teeth. People may grind their teeth habitually while sleeping, or during the day, due to anxiety or stress.
Grinding is an extremely common problem that could result in a number of serious problems if left untreated such as:
- Permanent damage of the structure and surface enamel of your teeth
- Jaw pain known as TMJ pain
- Loose teeth
- Gum recession
It may be hard to tell if you are grinding, especially if it happens while you’re sleeping.
If you experience any of the following symptoms, you could have a grinding problem:
- Teeth grinding or clenching, which may be loud enough to awaken your sleeping partner
- Teeth that are worn down, flattened, fractured or chipped
- Worn tooth enamel, exposing deeper layers of tooth
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Muscle tightness
- Earache – because of severe jaw muscle contractions
- Chronic facial pain
If you suffer from any of these issues, please contact us. We will investigate the cause and suggest possible treatments.
We can offer you treatment to reduce the facial pain
Treatment might include the making of an Occlusal Splint, which is a plastic plate that can be worn at night to protect your teeth from wear. It also reduces the tension in the jaw muscles which in turn will reduce the facial pain.Call your Castle Hill dentist today and see how we can help you.