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Treatment Options for Bruxism/Teeth Grinding in Hervey Bay

Man holding mouth in painRecognising the signs and symptoms of teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is crucial for seeking timely treatment and preventing potential oral health issues. One common early sign of this condition is increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold temperatures.

This can cause discomfort or pain when consuming hot or cold foods and beverages. In addition, bruxism can lead to the gradual loss of tooth enamel and changes in the shape of the teeth, resulting in worn, flattened, or chipped tooth surfaces.

Other Signs to Be Aware of

Another indication of teeth grinding is the presence of cracks or fractures in teeth, dental fillings, crowns, or other restorations. Bruxism strains the jaw muscles and temporomandibular joints (TMJ), leading to jaw pain, discomfort, or clicking sounds when you open and close your mouth. Frequent or recurring headaches, particularly upon waking in the morning, can also be a sign of bruxism-related muscle tension.

Pain or discomfort in the face, especially around the temples or the sides of the face, can be associated with the condition. Biting the inside of the cheeks or lips can result from teeth grinding, leading to oral sores or injuries. If you share a sleeping space with someone, they may hear your teeth grinding at night. Furthermore, if you already use a nightguard or dental appliance to protect your teeth, examining it for signs of wear can indicate ongoing bruxism.

The Role of Mouthguards

Mouthguards, also known as dental splints or occlusal splints, are commonly used to address bruxism. They provide a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth to prevent damage caused by teeth grinding and clenching. Mouthguards are custom-fitted oral devices made of durable materials like soft plastic or hard acrylic. They can do the following:

  • Absorb excessive forces generated during bruxism, acting as shock absorbers and minimising the impact on the teeth
  • Prevent tooth wear, such as enamel erosion and chipping, by creating a protective barrier
  • Help relax the jaw muscles
  • Protect dental restorations
  • Alleviate strain on the temporomandibular joints (TMJ)
  • Reduce headaches and facial pain caused by bruxism

It’s important to note that while mouthguards offer protection against dental damage, they do not treat the underlying causes of bruxism. Factors such as stress or malocclusion may contribute to teeth grinding. Therefore, additional treatment approaches, such as stress management techniques or orthodontic correction, may be necessary to address the root causes of this condition.

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Address bruxism with a custom-fitted mouthguard at Hervey Bay Dental. Give us a call today to book an appointment.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


Treatment Options for Bruxism/Teeth Grinding Hervey Bay QLD | (07) 4125 5099