Do you clench or grind your teeth?
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is one of the world’s most common sleep disorders, being caused by a lack of symmetry in the teeth or a disturbed sleep pattern.
There is no one cause for bruxism and this makes it more difficult to identify, especially because some people who clench their teeth never feel any symptoms or pain. There are a number of factors that contribute to bruxism:
- Your posture
- Your diet
- Your sleeping habits
- If your teeth are misaligned
- If you’re under stress
It could be one or more of these problems but if you are suffering from one of the below symptoms we recommend you visit Bulimba Dental today. Are you suffering from:
- Sore or painful jaw
- Sensitive teeth
If you are you could be grinding or clenching your teeth during sleep. There are occasions when people grind their teeth during the day; however this is easier to control because you can become conscious of it and seek treatment.
If, however, you are suffering sleep-related bruxism you may find yourself waking up with a sore jaw and teeth and not sure what is going on.
What Bruxism does to your teeth
Bruxism can cause chips in the teeth, wear of the biting surface and cracks in tooth enamel. This destroys the sharp biting surfaces and flattens the edges of teeth. Over a period of time, tooth damage will occur and may also lead to tooth loss. This is one of the reasons why it is so important that you visit the dentist, by treating bruxism early you can save yourself the need for extensive dental work.
Treating bruxism with a bite splint
At Bulimba Dental, we can develop a custom-made protective night guard or bite splint to prevent any further damage. A bite splint is custom designed to cover some or all of your upper or lower teeth and is one of the most popular treatment methods for bruxism, because it is non-invasive and only needs to be worn while you sleep. A bite splint can be the difference between keeping your natural teeth and needing extensive treatment that would involve dental crowns as well as inlays and onlays.
At Bulimba Dental we are a team of skilled and caring dentists who are here to provide you with the best in dentistry. If you are suffering with jaw pain and teeth pain, visit Bulimba Dental and let our friendly team help you.