Teeth Grinding Treatment in Currambine & Surrounding Suburbs
Teeth grinding, or bruxism, is often a night time habit that can strike at any age. It is also called sleep bruxism or nocturnal bruxism. Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth at night until they have adverse effects on their dental health or until their partner tells them. Or we may see signs of it at your regular checkups and inform you. In addition, you may clench your jaw or grind your teeth subconsciously while you’re awake. This is called “awake bruxism.”
Several things can be done to prevent your teeth from grinding. Depending on the underlying cause and symptoms of your teeth grinding, some remedies may be more effective than others. At Smiles at Currambine’s teeth grinding treatment, special mouthguards called occlusal splints are custom-made for each patient based on their unique bite pattern as revealed by dental x-rays taken during the consultation process. An occlusal splint cushions your teeth and prevents them from grinding against each other while you sleep. They also help relax muscles around the jaw joints, reducing the strain placed on these joints during sleep.
Benefits of Treating Teeth Grinding
Why Choose Smiles in Currambine for Bruxism Treatment
Are you suffering from headaches and pain caused by teeth grinding?
You may be suffering from a condition called bruxism, and we can help. We provide custom-made night guards to protect your teeth and stop the pain. Our splints are comfortable and fit snugly, so you will be able to sleep through the night without interruption.
Whether you think you are grinding your teeth or if you have been diagnosed with bruxism, contact us right away! It won’t be long until you don’t have to wake up with a headache or jaw ache again when you visit our practice in Currambine, WA. We will provide an assessment of your situation and determine whether our custom-fit splints are suitable for your needs. With Saturday appointments available and same-day consultations when necessary, there is no reason not to get started on the path toward relief!
Contact Smiles in Currambine today at (08) 9305 4888 for a consultation regarding teeth grinding treatment in Currambine, Western Australia!
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
On the other hand, children tend to grind their teeth because of:
- Obstructive sleep apnoea
- Misaligned teeth
- Irritation of the mouth
- Hereditary conditions
Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth at night. An obvious symptom of bruxism is the sound of scraping and grinding. It produces an unpleasant noise that anyone in the vicinity can hear.
Here are some other signs that you may have bruxism:
- 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
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders, characterized by clicking or popping in the jaw
- Locked jaw
- bleeding on the gums or inside of the cheek
The following problems and side effects can arise from teeth grinding:
- Facial pain
- Ear pain
- Jaw pain
- Teeth wearing down and flattening
- Loose teeth
- Fractured, cracked, or damaged teeth
- Damage to fillings and crowns
If you have untreated bruxism for an extended period of time, you may develop complications from teeth grinding. Among the long-term complications are:
- 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
A splint looks similar to a sports mouthguard. It is created just for you based on impressions that we’ll take in our clinic. Once this information is gathered, we can send it off to our local laboratory. There, your splint will be custom-made to fit you. When it’s completed, the lab will send it back to us. You can pick it up and start wearing it straight away. It may take you a few nights to get used to the feeling of wearing your splint. It can be cleaned easily with your toothbrush to make sure it stays fresh.
Here are a few tips to prevent teeth grinding:
- Avoid cigarettes, recreational drugs, and alcohol because they can make teeth grinding worse while you are asleep
- Schedule regular dental appointments. Getting treatment from a dentist as soon as possible can prevent long-term damage from teeth grinding.
- Obtain treatment for other dental problems, such as missing, crooked, or misaligned teeth.
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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.