What is bruxism?
Regardless of the degree of pain and discomfort caused by bruxism, it can cause significant long-term damage to your teeth and jaws.
As people are not always aware of clenching and grinding their teeth it is important to have regular dental check-ups to assess for signs of bruxism. These include flattening and wearing of the teeth as well as signs of cracks and chipping.
What causes bruxism?
The exact cause of why people grind their teeth is unknown, but the following are believed to be major contributing factors:
- Anxiety or everyday stress
- Obstructive sleep apnea
- Some medications and recreational drugs
If a night guard is not the best option for you, other options can also be explored. This may include;
- Rebuilding key teeth in your mouth for improved protection and support
- Physiotherapy and jaw exercises
- Muscle relaxant injections to help relax the jaw muscles
- Anti inflammatory medications
- Stress management/lifestyle changes
During consultation we will establish the nature of your condition and customise a plan that will assist in restoring you back to health. Contact our friendly staff for more information or to make an appointment.