Teeth Grinding Treatment

Prevent Long-term Damage and Enjoy a Healthy Smile With Our Teeth Grinding Treatment in Kinross

Grinding your teeth or bruxism at night might not seem like a concerning habit, but it can lead to serious dental problems. They can strike at any age, and even when you are asleep. People need to know about this issue because they are often unaware they have bruxism unless someone tells them or sees any signs. This habit may also occur while awake, which is called “awake bruxism.”
Grinding your teeth causes serious consequences. Your tooth enamel will wear down or even potentially break soon because of how much pressure is put on your teeth during grinding. It could also lead to more complicated dental disorders that require surgery.
There are ways to prevent your teeth from grinding. At Smiles in Currambine, we have a variety of remedies to help you get relief from this problem. Our dental clinic can help you decrease your risk of problems like tooth decay or jawbone issues. Our treatments include custom-made mouthguards called occlusal splints, which prevent damage by cushioning your teeth during sleep time. We can also prescribe anti-inflammatory drugs according to an individual’s symptoms and help you adjust your diet. Some remedies may be more effective than others. It depends on the underlying cause and symptoms of your teeth grinding.
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The Advantages of Treating Teeth Grinding

There are some instances in which treatment may not be required, such as children who often outgrow bruxism without any intervention from dentists. If you’re having a lot of pain in your jaw muscles, visit our dentists right away to avoid more damage.
By preventing bruxism, you can save yourself and your teeth from a lot of trouble. Early treatment will prevent the need for expensive dental restorations.
Grinding your teeth at night can lead to periodontal damage and pain, but using a splint will help distribute the bite force evenly so that you can avoid wearing down your teeth. They’re also good for reducing grinding noises made while you’re sleeping. Lastly, treating your teeth grinding can reduce headaches or other issues related to frequent clenching of cheek muscles.
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Why Choose Smiles in Currambine for Bruxism Treatment?

Have you been suffering from headaches and pain caused by teeth grinding?
Have you been suffering from headaches and pain caused by teeth grinding? You may have a condition called bruxism. Our dental clinic provides custom-made night guards to protect your teeth so that they will not sustain damage or injury. It is also comfortable and fits snugly so that your sleep will not be interrupted.
Don’t hesitate to contact us if you are bothered by your teeth grinding problems. Our dentists will provide an assessment and determine whether custom-fit splints can help solve the problem. Saturday appointments and same-day consultations are also available in our clinic.
Contact Smiles in Currambine today at (08) 9305 4888 to speak with one of our dentists about teeth grinding treatment options.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Do you have questions about our dental services? We compiled a list of answers to some of the frequently asked questions.

The most common causes of teeth grinding are stress and anxiety. As the stress levels rise, teeth grinding becomes worse because it has become a way for people to release their tension. Other causes include misaligned teeth or sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), where you’re not getting enough restful hours due to breathing problems while sleeping, leading to many other health issues, including depression. Other factors include drinking alcohol, smoking cigarettes regularly, and drinking coffee frequently.

Children, on the other hand, grind their teeth due to the following:

  • Allergies
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Misaligned teeth
  • Irritation of the mouth
  • Hereditary conditions

Grinding your teeth at night is a common problem that many people don’t know they have. One of the apparent symptoms of bruxism is the production of unpleasant sounds like scraping and grinding.

Other indicators that you may have bruxism include:

  • Sleep disruption
  • Facial pain or headaches when you wake up in the morning
  • Loose or painful teeth
  • Muscle pain in the jaw
  • Fractured teeth
  • Chipped teeth
  • Cracked teeth
  • Worn-down teeth, exposing deeper layers of your teeth
  • Hypersensitive teeth
  • Earaches
  • Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, characterized by clicking or popping in the jaw
  • Locked jaw
  • Bleeding on the gums or inside of the cheek

Teeth grinding can cause the following issues and negative effects:

  • Headaches
  • Toothaches
  • Facial pain
  • Ear pain
  • Jaw pain
  • Teeth wearing down and flattening
  • Loose teeth
  • Fractured, cracked, or damaged teeth
  • Damage to fillings and crowns

If teeth grinding is left untreated for an extended period of time, it can lead to problems. Here are a few examples:

  • Chronic earache and headache
  • Changes in your appearance and your facial profile or facial muscle enlargement
  • Tooth-damaging conditions that require dental restoration procedures, such as dental bonding, fillings, crowns, or bridges
  • Put a strain on your jaw and neck muscles, as well as your TMJ
  • Difficulty chewing, speaking, and swallowing
Regular splints look just like sports mouthguards. They’re created based on your dental impressions, which we take in our clinic, then sent off to a local laboratory where they will be custom-made for you. Upon completion, the lab will send it back to us. It will be ready to wear right away. If you are wearing a splint for the first time, you may have to adjust to it after a few nights. You can keep it clean by brushing it with a soft-bristled toothbrush.

Here are some recommendations to prevent teeth grinding:

  • Cigarettes, recreational drugs, and alcohol should be avoided because they can make you grind your teeth while you sleep.
  • At least twice a year, you should visit your dentist regularly. Seeing a dentist as soon as possible is the best way to stop teeth grinding.
  • Other dental issues, such as missing, crooked, or misaligned teeth, should also be treated.

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Schedule Your Appointment With Us Today

Our dentists in Currambine make every effort to accommodate the scheduling needs of your family. From offering evening hours to weekend appointment times, we are sure to have something that works for your busy routine.

If you are in pain or have any other dental emergency, please call us right away so we can try to book you in as soon as possible.

Your Safety Is Our Top Priority!

We would like to take some time to let you know that we always follow strict universal infection control standards, and patient safety and the safety of our team is our priority.

The risk of exposure to the virus in our dental surgery is extremely low. We are an accredited dental practice and maintain the highest quality of care and standards at all times irrespective of any outbreaks such as Coronavirus.

We sterilise our instruments and disinfect all clinical and reception areas after each patient to prevent any risk of cross-contamination. Our staff are fully trained and certified to do this to the highest standards.

What Specifically Are We Doing at Our Practice to Protect Patients?

Our strict protocol includes our receptionists establishing in advance if patients:

  • Have any symptoms including fever/history of fever and shortness of breath or a cough or a sore throat.
  • They have travelled overseas or interstate in the last 2 weeks.
  • Been in close contact with anyone who has had confirmed Coronavirus (COVID-19) or who has been in a health facility treating them.
  • Visited any exposure sites or high risk area as per Healthy WA

We would like to ask patients who have travelled to high-risk zones and exposure sites within the last 2 weeks to postpone non-urgent general dental treatment, if in doubt please call us on 9305 4888.

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