Teeth Grinding Solutions | Occlusal splints | Night guards | TMJ disorder
Teeth grinding mainly happens during sleep, and many people prevent their teeth from wearing down by wearing an occlusal splint which is custom made and fitted by their dentist.
Does your jaw click or do you get head aches or a sore cheek, temple or neck, particularly when you wake up in the morning? It could be that you are clenching or grinding your teeth.
Clenching or grinding, clinically known as bruxism, is unfortunately very common today with our modern, fast paced lifestyles. In most cases, this can occur while you are asleep and sometimes you may not even be aware of it. You may also notice that you might be clenching your teeth during the day, perhaps whilst concentrating at work or at the computer.
The most commonly found causes of grinding our teeth are linked to various stresses or due to our bite, if our bite is "out" or unsupported. The problems that bruxism may cause include excessive wear of the teeth, inflammation of the muscles that support our jaw, or even problems within our jaw joint (which sits in front of the ear). These can be mild or become quite serious and debilitating.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms talk to one of our dentists, Dr Amy Daley and Dr Leila Haywood, or our dental hygienist, at Brisbane Smile Boutique dentists. They will take a close look at your teeth and jaw joint and assess whether you are suffering from bruxism and whether they need to do something to treat this. It may be that a night splint, known as an occlusal splint can be worn at the night to protect your teeth and your jaw joint from this potentially irreversible damage.
TMJ DISORDERS AND MUSCLE RELAXANT injections
Disorders of the jaw joint, or TMJ (temporomandibular joint) are not uncommon and may lead to symptoms of pain and discomfort in the jaw called temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD).
Patients may complain of earaches, headaches and a limited ability to open their mouth. Other symptoms can include clicking, popping or grating sounds in the jaw joint, pain when opening and closing the mouth, a general tightness and pain in the muscles of the jaw, or broken teeth due to the excessive forces.
Jaw muscle relaxant injection treatments are available with our dentists for jaw pain caused by excessive tooth grinding. These can reduce the muscle activity of the jaw, while still allowing for jaw movements, smiling and eating, and provide relief from tooth grinding and wear in the joint system for approximately 3 to 4 months.
They also can give a jaw slimming effect, because the masseter muscles of the jaw are very powerful and can get enlarged with excessive activity caused by teeth grinding.
- Soreness or tiredness of the face, or tension headaches even extending down the neck.
- A general pain of the teeth and a general sensitivity to cold.
- Flattened or wearing teeth. Have a close look in the mirror. Do you see the teeth looking a little rough or thin? Do you see little crack lines in the teeth? Have you had a few teeth breaking?
- Has someone told you they hear you grinding your teeth? It's possible to be grinding your teeth without hearing any noise from gnashing of the teeth, but if someone can hear the grinding, it really means that there will be a lot of wear and tear being driven through the teeth.
- Do the teeth feel a little loose?
- Any stiffness or pain within your jaw joint?