Do you often wake up with a dull headache or a sore jaw? Do you sometimes find yourself clenching your teeth? You may not realise that you have a condition called ‘bruxism’, a habit of Teeth Grinding.
Many people are unaware of their habit of Teeth Grinding because they do it while they sleep. Bruxism often occurs in the early part of the night and can disturb sleep partners as the clenching and grinding may be quite audible.
People who grind or clench their teeth may wake with a headache, earache or toothache. Their facial muscles may be sore and the jaw joints tender. Besides causing discomfort, grinding can eventually damage dental restorations and may loosen teeth.
Bruxism also can cause damage to the temporomandibular joints – the joints on each side of the mouth that connect the lower jaw to the skull.
The pressure from clenching and grinding can cause cracks or fractures in the teeth. As the tooth enamel is worn away, the underlying dentin may be exposed. This causes the tooth to become sensitive to temperature changes and pressure.
Suffering with Teeth Grinding?
At Sunshine Coast Smile Centre we treat Teeth Grinding with a night-guard that can be worn while sleeping.
It is custom-made from a soft material, the night-guard will protect your teeth against the damage caused by grinding and clenching.
If you would like to find out more about this please call Jess on 07 5443 2800.