TMJ Treatment Perth WA
Tooth grinding generally happens while you sleep
Have you noticed your teeth are worn down? Are you experiencing sensitivity and discomfort in many of your teeth? This may be caused by teeth grinding. Most people grind their teeth while they sleep which means they are unaware they’re doing it at all which can make it difficult to stop the action. You may only be made aware of this condition by your dentist examining the damage.
Noticeable signs that you grind your teeth are:
- Jaw pain
- Facial and neck pain
- Sleep disorder
- Sensitivity to hot and cold drinks
- Sore teeth and gums
What causes a person to grind their teeth?
At Access Dental Care in Perth, we find most of our patients who grind their teeth do so because of an imperfect bite. An impacted bite is a misalignment of the upper and lower arches. For example, the upper and lower jaw may come together, but the teeth don’t fit comfortably together. This makes biting and chewing more difficult and can cause wearing down of teeth. Essentially, you’re chewing, but there’s no food—so you end up chewing on your teeth.
We also find that patient’s clench their jaw. Stress can cause this, and if combined with grinding, causes a lot of problems for your teeth. One of the biggest barriers to treating teeth grinding is the fact that patients don’t realise grinding is the cause of their toothache.
How Access Dental Care can help you
If you are concerned that you may be grinding your teeth at night or have begun to notice some of the symptoms the best course of action is to come in for an assessment. The team at Access Dental Care will assess your entire mouth and determine the cause of the grinding. Every patient is different, and every patient will require a different form of treatment.
If you have a misaligned bite, you may require orthodontic treatment to correct the alignment. Orthodontics gradually moves teeth into the correct position so that they fit together properly reducing the tendency to grind teeth.
Other patients may require a nightguard or splint to reduce the impact of grinding and clenching overnight. This will protect teeth while the patient reduces stress levels and other factors in their life that may be contributing to the teeth grinding
Grinding can damage and weaken teeth as they gradually wear down the surface structure of the teeth. If the damage from grinding is extensive, your teeth may require repairing. Crowns strengthen existing natural teeth by adding structure to them. They act as a cap over the damaged tooth which is matched in colour and size to surrounding teeth to remain seamless and natural looking.
TMJ Treatment Perth
If you find yourself waking up with sore teeth, a sore jaw, and/or earache, visit the dentist. Grinding your teeth can lead to further oral and overall health issues. Don’t let the condition get out of hand, seek treatment.