Treatment for teeth grinding Mascot, Sydney
Innovative teeth grinding treatments
Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is the involuntary clenching and grinding of teeth during sleep. It’s important to seek advice from a dental expert to investigate your condition.
Teeth grinding symptoms can include:
• Waking up with sore jaws or neck muscles
• Continuously suffering from chipped or broken fillings
• Constant headaches throughout the day
• Disrupted sleep for you or your partner
If left untreated, teeth grinding can cause severe and irreversible damage to your teeth, which can require a significant amount of time and money to repair. Our dental experts thoroughly screen for signs of teeth grinding and create a custom care plan to help you alleviate the symptoms.
What causes teeth grinding and how do you fix it?
While it’s not always easy to get to the bottom of what causes teeth grinding in each patient, stress and anxiety are often common culprits. We frequently encourage patients to complete a sleep study in conjunction with their dental care plan as a holistic approach to alleviating teeth grinding and the side effects that come with it.
Custom teeth grinding treatments to preserve your smile
Once we’ve assessed the effects of teeth grinding we’ll usually recommend two treatments (or a blend of both):
Also known as an occlusal splint, a custom-made night guard is worn on the top or bottom of your teeth to protect them from damage while you sleep. The splint takes the pressure off your teeth to decrease further tooth deterioration while decreasing the strain on your jaw joints at the same time. While this offers great protection, it won’t necessarily eliminate teeth grinding and further treatment may be required.
Muscle Relaxant Injections
Muscle relaxant injections are an extremely effective way to decrease the intensity of teeth grinding and work to eliminate the symptoms and discomfort that come along with the condition. When injected directly into the masseter muscles, the muscle relaxant reduces the signals between your nerves and jaw muscles, making them less active and thus decreasing teeth grinding during sleep. Muscle relaxant injections provide instant relief for sore or clenched jaws and results can last from four to six months. This procedure is also more commonly known as ‘jaw slimming’.
Teeth grinding in children
Teeth grinding in children is often associated with airway problems, such as sleep apnoea. While teeth grinding can come and go without any long-term effects, it’s important to seek advice from a dental expert if you notice your child making grinding noises while they sleep. Other signs of teeth grinding in children include consistently waking up tired and experiencing frequent nightmares. Once your child has been thoroughly assessed, we may recommend seeing an Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) specialist to investigate any other potential airway problems.
Are your teeth grinding?
Book an assessment with one of our experienced dental experts to determine the best course of action and prevent any damage to your teeth or gums.