Bruxism/Grinding

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition where individuals grind or clench their teeth while sleeping or during the day. This condition affects both children and adults, and it is estimated that up to 10% of adults and 15% of children experience it. It is important to identify and treat bruxism early to prevent further damage to your teeth and overall oral health.

Symptoms of Bruxism

One of the most common symptoms of bruxism is waking up with a sore jaw or headache. You may also experience tooth sensitivity, worn-down teeth, or even a chipped or fractured tooth. In some cases, bruxism can lead to jaw disorders, including temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder.

Causes of Bruxism

The exact cause of bruxism is not known, but it is believed to be related to stress and anxiety. It can also be a side effect of some medications, including antidepressants. In some cases, bruxism can be a result of an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth.

Treatment Options for Bruxism

At Portarlington Dental, we offer a range of treatment options for bruxism, depending on the severity of the condition. One of the most common treatments is a custom-made mouthguard or nightguard. This appliance is designed to protect your teeth from the effects of grinding or clenching and can be worn while sleeping.

In more severe cases, our dental team may recommend orthodontic treatment or a combination of treatments to correct your bite and alleviate your bruxism symptoms.

Preventing Bruxism

While there is no sure way to prevent bruxism, there are some steps you can take to reduce your risk. These include managing your stress levels, avoiding caffeine and alcohol, and practicing relaxation techniques before bed.

Bruxism/Grinding treatment in Portarlington

If you suspect you may have bruxism or would like to learn more about our treatment options, please contact our dental team at Portarlington Dental today. We are committed to providing our patients with the highest quality dental care and helping you achieve optimal oral health.