Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common problem that can have various implications for your oral and general health. If your partner constantly moans about you grinding your teeth or you wake with headaches or tooth pain, we are here to help.
Why do people grind their teeth?
There are various different reasons why people may grind their teeth. In many cases, bruxism is linked to stress or anxiety, but it can also be associated with loose fillings or crowns and problems with the bite. The bite is the term used to describe the relationship between the upper and lower arches of teeth.
Tooth grinding is a sub-conscious action that occurs during the night. In many cases, people are unaware that they do it until somebody else informs them.
What are the effects of tooth grinding?
Tooth grinding can impact both oral and general health. It can contribute to wear and damage to the teeth, as well as increasing the risk of headaches, migraines and pain around the jaw and temporomandibular joint, the joint that connects the lower jaw to the skull.
How can we help?
In most cases of bruxism, we can find effective solutions to help aid sleep and prevent aches and pains and wear and tear. If bruxism is related to stress or anxiety, we can suggest techniques or therapies that are beneficial. In cases where there are potential orthodontic or restorative issues, we can recommend treatments including braces or replacement crowns and fillings to reduce symptoms.
We can also provide patients with custom-fit bite guards, which are appliances designed to prevent the top and bottom sets clashing when you sleep and therefore enable you to sleep soundly and wake without any pain.
If you need help for tooth grinding, don’t suffer in silence. We are here to help!