TMJ and BRUXISM
Bruxism -Tooth Grinding and Clenching
Excessive grinding and clenching of your teeth, also called bruxism, causes damage to the teeth which can include excessive wear and may result in cracks forming. Bruxism can cause temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) and ongoing facial pain. Often, you may not even realise that you are grinding or clenching.
Here at A Dentist on Centre we will assess your mouth for any tell-tail signs of bruxism and discuss any symptoms you may have such as:
- Clicking jaw joints
- Wear on the teeth
- Bite marks inside your mouth
- Gum recession
- Sensitive teeth
- Fractured/cracked teeth
Treatment for Bruxism (Grinding) and TMD
We can prevent the problems associated with grinding and clenching with a customised night guard, also called an occlusal splint.
A night guard (occlusal splint) is an option for someone with mild to severe teeth grinding behaviour. Worn at night, the night guard is custom made by our technicians from moulded plastic that fits over the upper teeth. It prevents further wear of the tooth surfaces and relieves symptoms associated with grinding such as headaches and muscle tension in the head and neck region.
Do You Grind Your Teeth?
If you suspect you grind or clench your teeth, are having jaw joint pain or your partner has heard you grinding during the night, call our friendly team at A Dentist on Centre on 03 9557 9444 to get the answers you need!