Bonfire Dental offer day and night guards for teeth grinding (bruxism)
If you wake up with sore teeth, jaws and a headache, you might be grinding your teeth while you sleep. This is known as bruxism.
It is often difficult to diagnose bruxism because individually, the symptoms can be quite innocuous. But sore teeth, sore jaw and pressure headache on waking can be a good indication you’re grinding your teeth at night. You may also notice a sticky feeling when you put your teeth together in the morning.
One of the biggest problems with teeth grinding is knowing it’s the cause of your morning discomfort. Many people don’t associate headaches and jaw pain with their teeth. In some cases, bruxism sufferers don’t call the dentist until they feel like their teeth are about to fall out. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is critical to visit the dentist.
Mouthguard for teeth grinding
The most common treatment for teeth grinding (bruxism) is a mouthguard device known as a splint. This is custom-made for your lower teeth to be worn while you sleep. It stops your teeth grinding against each other, and can slowly train your teeth to stop grinding. Although, it should be noted that a mouthguard won’t cure teeth grinding.
Causes of teeth grinding include:
- Abnormal bite
- Crooked teeth
- Missing teeth
- Sleep apnoea
Bruxism (teeth grinding) treatment
A mouthguard is a good way of protecting your teeth while you are grinding your teeth, but to stop the grinding you will have to treat the root of the problem. If your teeth grinding iscaused by sleep apnoea, which can be treated through numerous methods.
If stress is the cause of your problem, talk to your dentist or GP about options for reducing stress. While this is a personal issue and not easy to fix, the health benefits of addressing stress go beyond oral health.
Bruxism treatment with Bonfire Dental Jindalee
If you would like to know more about teeth grinding treatment, or to request an appointment at Bonfire Dental, contact us today.