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Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Bruxism | Excessive Grinding | Teeth Grinding Treatment in Melbourne

Bruxism is excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth that can cause permanent damage to the teeth and jaw joint and/or excessive wear on the teeth.

Bruxism can occur in both children and adults. It can happen during the day or at night (where more force can be exerted on the teeth and jaw joint as there is no conscious control of the grinding).

  • Physical Stress
  • Psychological stress, anxiety and tension.
  • Sleep Apnoea
  • A change in the bite (occlusion).

Signs and symptoms of Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) vary depending on the nature, frequency, duration and strength of the clenching and grinding.

They may include:

  • Pain and sensitivity from teeth.
  • Chronic facial pain with tension headaches.
  • Flattened and worn tooth surfaces.
  • Chipping or fracturing of the teeth.
  • Earache or pain in the jaw joint.
  • Stiffness and tenderness or pain in the muscles surrounding the jaw joint.
  • Family members or partners noticing the patient grinding during the night.

A diagnosis of Bruxism requires a thorough evaluation of your previous medical and dental history as well as a clinical examination of the jaw joint and teeth. X-rays and models are sometimes required to assist in the diagnosis.

Treatment may include:

  • Prescription of an occlusal splint.
  • Reduction of stress through counselling, stress management techniques and relaxation methods.
  • Prescription of muscle relaxants.
  • Physiotherapy
  • Use of botox in some cases.
  • The repair of damaged teeth or replacement of missing teeth.
  • Treatment of sleep apnoea.