Teeth grinding (also called bruxism) is when you grind or clench your teeth together. Most sufferers do this subconsciously when they’re stressed, focussed, or even sleeping. Over time, it can cause severe damage to your teeth and further complications to your oral health.
Our team of professionals at Ashfield Dental Centre have years of experience in diagnosing and treating bruxism. When you visit our trusted dentists, you can rest assured that we’ll only recommend treatment options that are necessary and best for your individual case.
Seeking a diagnosis
It’s often easiest to bring up your concerns during your regular six month check-up. We can assess your concerns, help develop a plan to correct your problem and guide you through the treatment process. In the meantime, you can try to recognise when you’re grinding your teeth on your own and unclench them. It may also help to cut back on alcohol, smoking and recreational drugs as these can contribute to grinding your teeth.
Symptoms to watch
Since you generally aren’t aware of what you’re doing when you grind your teeth, a lot of people don’t realise they have a problem until it has severe consequences. Signs to look out for include:
- Waking up with a headache or jaw pain
- Indentations on your tongue
- Flattened, chipped or damaged teeth
- Teeth sensitivity/loss of enamel
- Noise when grinding that can be heard by others