Bruxism & Teeth Grinding Treatment
What is bruxism (tooth grinding)?
Bruxism is a broad term including involuntary clenching, grinding and gnashing of the teeth. From a large portion of the population who does grind time to time, a fraction are regular, forceful tooth grinder. Because grinding often occurs during sleep, most people are unaware that they grind their teeth. However, a dull, constant headache or sore jaw when you wake up is a telltale symptom of grinding. Many times, the loved one who shares their bed (and hears the grinding noises at night) is the first one to notice the problem.
TOOTH GRINDING FAQS
What causes teeth grinding?
What problems can teeth grinding cause?
Teeth grinding is also common in children. However, because their teeth and jaws change and grow so quickly it is not usually a damaging habit that requires treatment, and most outgrow it by their teenage years. However, if your child’s teeth grinding is due to the misaligned teeth, then orthodontics may be the appropriate solution to not only improve their appearance but to protect your child’s teeth over the long term.
How can Distinct Dental help prevent the damage caused by teeth grinding?
- repair of damaged teeth
- making a personalised splint
- stress management techniques
- relaxation techniques
- cognitive behaviour therapy
- Physiotherapy and regular exercise
- Muscle relaxant medications
Dr Kia may prescribe the use of a dental splints. Splints are a special mouthguard to wear at night so that the guard is worn down instead of your teeth. In most cases, a bite splint will only help with the symptoms and will not stop you from grinding altogether.