Get Relief From Chronic Teeth Grinding with Bruxism Treatment
Bruxism disorder occurs when you grind and clench your teeth. This condition can cause pain and tooth damage.
Many people don’t even realize they have bruxism until it’s too late and they’ve already done some damage to their teeth. The grinding of teeth can cause various dental problems, such as tooth decay, enamel erosion, and gum disease.
In most cases, bruxism is treated in an attempt to limit further damage caused by teeth grinding. Our team at Maylands Dental Centre offers several effective treatment options that can help alleviate the pain and damage caused by bruxism. These treatments for bruxism include mouth guards or occlusal splints, orthodontic therapy, and dental crowns. Our dentists will discuss all the dental treatment options available during your consultation, so don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today at 08 9370 5464 to book an appointment. We will work with you to find the best solution for your needs.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Often, people don’t realize they grind their teeth at night. However, certain effects of bruxism may indicate that you have this condition:
- Broken, chipped, or fractured teeth
- Your tooth enamel has been worn away, revealing the deeper layers inside
- Loose teeth
- Cracked fillings or crowns
- Sensitive teeth
- Dental pain
- Muscle pain around the jaw or facial pain
- Locked jaw
- Neck, shoulder, and ear pain
- Bleeding on the inside of the cheek or gums
- Scraping and grinding sounds during sleep
- Disturbed sleep
- Feeling tired upon waking up, even when you have slept enough
Factors contributing to bruxism include physical, psychological, genetic, and psychosocial factors:
- Stress and Anxiety: Teeth grinding can be caused by increased stress and anxiety. The grinding gets worse as tension and anxiety levels grow. When a person is worried, they are more prone to grinding their teeth. Fortunately, once the source of the problem is identified, most symptoms of patients with bruxism go away. Anger, irritation, or tension may also contribute to the development of bruxism.
- Medication: Many clinical case reports describe the appearance of bruxism as a side effect of many medications. A number of second-generation antidepressants are prone to causing or exacerbating bruxism, followed by antipsychotics or bupropion.
- Sleep Disorders: Snoring and sleep disorders, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), are associated with sleep bruxism. It is difficult for OSA patients to breathe at night, and causes fatigue from disrupted sleep.
- Neurological Disorders: Bruxism is more common in people with neurological illnesses such as anoxic encephalopathy, Rett syndrome, and cerebellar hemorrhage. The people with idiopathic cranial dystonia are more likely to grind their teeth more than others. This neurological disorder results in abnormal movements of the orolingual-facial muscles. These movements are like those of teeth grinding.
- Genes: Bruxism may be influenced by genetics. Teeth grinding is often hereditary and influenced by neurotransmitter levels. According to the evidence, increased hormone levels or polymorphisms in specific genes may affect family members. Morphisms have been proven to influence neurotransmitters such as serotonin (often experienced by those who grind their teeth).
- Lifestyle: Teeth grinding is often made worse by various lifestyle factors. The list includes alcohol, cigarettes, cocaine, and ecstasy use, as well as consuming too much caffeine, such as six cups of tea or coffee per day.
- Dental Malocclusion: Another possible cause of bruxism could be misaligned teeth. However, the issue is still debatable among dental clinicians and researchers. Some think that bruxism aggravates malocclusion, while others feel malocclusion is caused by tooth grinding.
Often, treatment is not necessary. Many children outgrow bruxism without any treatment, and most adults do not grind or clench their teeth to the point where therapy is required. On the other hand, severe bruxism, or excessive teeth grinding, can cause issues with your teeth, jaw joints, and jaw muscles if left untreated. It can cause discomfort, tooth fractures, headaches, and TMJ disorder, which affects the jaw joints and surrounding muscles and ligaments, making chewing difficult and limiting range of motion. Patients with bruxism usually seek therapy when their pain spreads to their temples or ears or when a dentist discovers abnormal wear patterns on their teeth that are consistent with repeated mashing. Schedule an appointment with one of our friendly dentists at Maylands Dental Centre so that we can evaluate your condition and determine the best possible solution.
Dental care approaches to treating dental bruxism include:
- Custom-fitted Bruxism Mouth Guard: Mouth guards protect your teeth and help absorb some of the pressure that occurs with grinding and clenching of teeth, as well as reduce grinding sounds. Your dentist will take a mould or impression of your teeth so that a dental technician can create a mouth guard or occlusal splint that is custom-fit to your teeth and mouth.
- Orthodontic Treatment: Invisalign can align your teeth and protect them from grinding at the same time. It can reduce or eliminate jaw pain. Your dentist will take x-rays, scans, and photographs of your teeth. The Invisalign laboratory uses this data to develop a 3D treatment plan for you. Your customized aligners will be created based on this information.
- Dental Crown: If the surface of your teeth is damaged, you might need dental crowns. A standard dental crown procedure usually necessitates two dental appointments. During your initial dental visit, we will inspect and prepare your teeth. A thin layer of enamel will be scraped from your teeth, and impressions will be taken with a putty-like material or a computerized scanner. The impressions will then be used to create your dental crowns. Depending on how long the treatment takes, we may supply you with a temporary crown while you wait. You’ll need to come to our dental facility for the crown fitting once the permanent crown is ready. The new permanent crown will be attached to your tooth once the temporary crown is removed.
If we determine that your bruxism is caused by stress or anxiety, we will refer you to the appropriate health practitioner.