Many people grind their teeth during sleep, and this subconscious activity can have a dramatic impact on your oral and overall health
This nocturnal teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) can in some cases lead to a misalignment of your jaw and the development of TMJ syndrome. TMJ is among many problems that can be caused by bruxism, and these include:
- Extreme wear of teeth
- Jaw muscle discomfort
- Clicking joints
- Tension migraines
- “Lock jaw”
- Sensitivity and toothache
- Gum recession
- Chipped teeth
- Facial pain
- Chronic pain
- Broken fillings
The causes of tooth grinding or “bruxism” are complex and often related to the “bite”, stress or breathing difficulties.
At Geoff Ross Dental located in Melbourne, we have a range of treatment options for nocturnal bruxism and TMJ
These may include:
- Bite adjustment
- Wearing a splint or “grinding guard” at night. This is highly effective and relieves muscular discomfort and pain.
- Further rebuilding of worn teeth as required.
- Stress management
In extreme cases, surgery may also be an option to restore your jaw to proper alignment.