Bruxism (Tooth Grinding) – What are the options?
What is tooth grinding (Bruxism)?
Bruxism is another name for excessive grinding of your tooth and is a state in which you grind or clench your fang. If you have this issue, then you may suffer from clasping of your teeth together during the day or at night but subconsciously. People having such issues in a milder way may not require the treatment for this but the ones suffering from severe conditions may lead to jaw disorders, headaches, sometimes damaged teeth and much more. Since this happens mostly during your sleep, you might be unaware of the complications till it develops and seems visible.
How to identify this issue?
In case anyone of you has some of these symptoms, then you need to visit a dentist urgently. Find out a list of symptoms that you might be suffering from:
Signs and symptoms of tooth grinding may include:
- Frequently grinding your teeth at night, which may be loud enough to disturb your partner’s sleep.
- Teeth that become flat, fractured or loose.
- If you are suffering from worn tooth enamel that is stronger enough to expose the deeper layers of your tooth.
- Major issues of tooth sensitivity.
- Jaws become sore in the morning along with the face aching.
- Jaw muscles seem to be tired.
- Your ear seems to pain all the time along with some headache.
- Damages caused by chewing on the inside of your cheek.
How can you treat bruxism?
The appropriate way to treat this issue depends on what is causing the problem. All you need to do is to visit us and we will help you with the type of treatment by asking careful questions and thoroughly examining your teeth. Based on the amount of tooth damage you will be suggested with a similar type of treatment mentioned below:
If you presume you might pound your teeth, converse with your dental specialist. He or she can inspect your mouth and jaw for indications of bruxism, for example, jaw delicacy and over the top wear on your teeth.
- Wearing an appliance to protect your teeth while sleeping
A custom-made appliance also known as night guard will be made and given to you by your dentist that is then easily fitted to your teeth. The appliance then slips over the upper or lower teeth or both and protect them from severe grinding. This appliance is a good way to manage bruxism or tooth grinding but it is not a cure.
- Anti-wrinkle injections
The process of curing Bruxism involves piercing tiny injections directly into the masseter muscle which results in relaxing the facial muscles and reducing biting at night. These injections offer a two-part solution process for preventing and treating at the same time. This treatment takes just a few minutes to complete. You need not worry since the rest of the day can be carried on smoothly after the treatment is completed without any downtime.
- Find ways to relax yourselfStress is one of the major causes of this issue. So, it is advisable that you must do anything that reduces stress and this can be achieved only if you listen to music, read a book, take a walk in the garden and have a bath in the pool or a relaxing place like the beach. If needed you may also seek counseling to learn effective ways to handle stress. Apart from all this, you can even apply a warm, wet washcloth to the side of your face that relaxes the muscles and prevents your teeth from getting ground.
Why Doncaster Hill Dental?
Because your wellbeing is our priority, we are constantly expanding our skills and expertise. Also, Doncaster Hill Dental has the best team of dentists who are well-versed and trained in identifying and providing solutions for all the issues related to teeth grinding. Your dentist will go through all the options with you, provide you with pros and cons so that it would be easier for you to make your own decision.