Bruxism / Grinding

Have you noticed that your jaw is sore in the morning?

Are your teeth chipping and becoming weak?

Has your partner or other family members commented on your teeth grinding at night?

If you answered yes to any of these questions you may be suffering from Bruxism.

Studies show that bruxism or more commonly known as teeth grinding affects 1 in 10 people. Because it’s something that often occurs at night though, most of us don’t even know we’re doing it! We just live with the painful side effects day after day.

If you are suffering with the painful side effects of bruxism, here are a few reasons you might call us for help.

Why choose us?

  1. At First Choice Dental we practice holistic dentistry, taking into consideration a number of different issues which may be affecting your Oral Health, including mental, emotional and health related factors which could be the cause of your bruxism. We’ll work with you to identify the cause and get you the treatment that you need
  2. We have invested in our own sleep machine. By using a sleep machine we can gather information which will help in the diagnosis of core issues that may be causing your bruxism
  3. Dr Henry has a particular interest in the TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction) which can be a cause of bruxism/grinding. His knowledge and expertise allows him to get to the root of the problem and make a correct diagnosis. Many of our patients have come to us after seeing several practitioners to find success after working with Dr Henry and are now enjoying a pain-free life!

If you think you suffer from bruxism/grinding, let us help to get you to a better place!

If you’re still unsure if you’re grinding your teeth or would like to know more, you might find the following information helpful.

Factors associated with Bruxism/Grinding

Bruxism or grinding is characterized by the grinding of the teeth and is typically accompanied by the clenching of the jaw. It is an oral parafunctional activity that occurs in most humans at some time in their lives. Bruxism is one of the most commonly known sleep disorders.

Here are a few questions you can ask yourself if you think you might have a problem with bruxism/grinding your teeth and why it’s something you shouldn’t ignore.

Do I suffer from any of the following?

  • headache, jaw joint and/or ear pain
  • aching teeth, particularly just after waking up
  • aching and/or stiffness of the face and temples just after waking up
  • aching or stiffness in the jaws while chewing, particularly during breakfast
  • clenching the jaw when angry, anxious or concentrating
  • temperature-sensitive teeth
  • cracked or chipped tooth enamel
  • tooth indentations on the tongue
  • raised tissue on the inside of the cheek caused by biting

Has my partner or family said they have heard me grinding at night?

The following factors are associated with bruxism:

  • Disturbed sleep patterns and other sleep disorders (obstructive sleep apnoea, hypopnea, snoring, moderate daytime sleepiness)
  • Malocclusion, in which the upper and lower teeth occlude in a disharmonic way, e.g. through premature contact of back teeth
  • Relatively high levels of consumption of caffeinated drinks and foods, such as coffee, colas, and chocolate
  • High levels of blood alcohol
  • Smoking
  • High levels of anxiety, stress, work-related stress, irregular work shifts, stressful profession and ineffective coping strategies
  • Drug use, such as SSRIs and stimulants, including methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), methylphenidate and other amphetamines, including those taken for medical reasons

Effects of Bruxism

  • cracked tooth enamel
  • more wear and tear on the teeth than is normal
  • broken teeth or broken restorations
  • strain on the jaw joint
  • pain in the jaw joint or limited movement
  • sore jaw muscles
  • tooth loss
  • enlargement of the jaw muscles

Treatment There is no single accepted cure for bruxism. However, treatments are available. Bruxism may be reduced or even eliminated when the associated factors, like sleep disorders, are treated successfully.

A dental splint is a way to reduce the damage to teeth.

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