Teeth Grinding Melbourne VIC
Teeth grinding is uncomfortable and can cause lasting damage to your teeth, so it’s essential to have the problem addressed. Also known as bruxism, it can be difficult to know whether you suffer from teeth grinding, as it will often occur in your sleep. Your partner may be the first to know because they will hear the sound during the night. Often it is a symptom of abnormalities such as missing or crooked teeth, but can also be caused by stress, anxiety or sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea.
As a result, your teeth can begin to sustain damage. You may experience teeth which appear worn down, as well as fractured teeth and fillings, tooth mobility and sensitive teeth. Other signs include muscle pain and fatigue in your face and around the jaw and locking, cracking, and clicking of the jaw.
Cause of Teeth Grinding
Often teeth grinding is caused by stress or anxiety. People may grind their teeth during the day if they are particularly stressed out. However, as stated, it mostly occurs at night. The cause of grinding during sleep has been somewhat of a mystery, however, if you have an abnormal bite, crooked, or missing teeth, then you are more likely to grind your teeth. It can also occur due to sleep apnoea, which is a sleep disorder where your airways are obstructed during sleep.
Consequence of Teeth Grinding
As previously mentioned, teeth grinding can cause all sorts of issues. When you grind your teeth chronically, this can lead to teeth fracturing, loosening or even loss of teeth. In severe case, teeth can be worn down so much that they will require dental crowns or bridges. It can also results in jaw pain, jaw weakening, headaches, tooth pain, and structural changes to your face.
Prevent Teeth Grinding
Preventing teeth grinding can be difficult, especially if you are unsure as to what the cause is. As it may be stress related, it’s important to minimise your stress levels as much as possible. Furthermore, avoiding alcohol and gum chewing is a good idea, as both of these are likely to entice teeth grinding. For a longer lasting preventative method, it’s advisable to consult a dental health practitioner who can give a professional diagnosis and treatment recommendations.
How Can Fine Dentistry Help?
There are different effective remedies and techniques available and not all are dental related. Stress reduction and coping techniques may be useful to address the issue. However, Fine Dentistry also offers an oral alternative known as an occlusal splint or a night guard. The splint protects your teeth from clenching and grinding at night.