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Sleep bruxism is a sleep-related movement disorder. Those who grind their teeth during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders, such as snoring and sleep apnoea.
Mild bruxism may not require any treatment. However, in some people, bruxism can be persistent and severe enough to cause jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth, and other problems.
Types of Bruxism
Awake bruxism may be caused by anxiety, stress, anger, frustration, or tension, or it may be a coping strategy or a habit during deep concentration.
Sleep bruxism may be a sleep-related disorder associated with arousals during sleep.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Symptoms of bruxism include:
- pain in the face and head
- pain and muscle stiffness in the jaw joint and surrounding muscles, which can lead to temporomandibular disorder
- disrupted sleep
- worn teeth, which can lead to increased sensitivity and tooth loss
- damaged teeth or fillings
Facial pain and headaches often cease when you stop grinding/clenching your teeth.
Tooth damage usually only happens in severe cases and may call for immediate treatment.
When to see your dentist
If you notice that your child is grinding his/her teeth — or has other signs or symptoms of bruxism — don’t forget to mention it at your child’s next dental appointment.
Bruxism in Children
See your Leederville dentist if you’re concerned about your child’s teeth grinding, particularly if it’s affecting their sleep.
The main use of an occlusal splint is to create a barrier between the biting and grinding sides of the teeth, protecting against wear and damage. It will not significantly reduce or prevent sleep bruxism.
Occlusal splints come in a variety of designs, including soft or hard, full or partial and those for either the lower jaw or the upper jaw. Considering your preferences, your Leederville dentist will advise which material and design will provide the greatest relief based on your case.
Bruxism Management at Dentists on Vincent
It is, therefore, important that the diagnosis is made as early as possible.
If you or your loved ones suspect that you are a bruxer, please call us and schedule an appointment.
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We are located at 322 Vincent Street in Leederville.
How do I know if I grind my teeth at night?
- Complaints from a partner.
- Unexplained damage to teeth.
- Painful jaws.
- Waking up with a headache.
- Changes in facial appearance.
How do I stop teeth grinding?
- Get enough sleep.
- Lessen the consumption of caffeinated and alcoholic products.
- Engage yourself in more relaxing activities such as meditation, exercise and counselling.
- Perform muscle relief exercises.
- Figure out if you need to increase your intake of magnesium and calcium.
Why do people grind their teeth?
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