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Teeth Grinding Treatment at Nova Smiles Dental

TMJ painChronic clenching and grinding of the teeth — also referred to as “bruxism” — is a condition that can cause overuse and strain to both teeth and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). Over time, the excessive tension between the upper and lower jaws can lead to severe damage. Symptoms of bruxism are best managed by wearing a protective occlusal splint or night guard.

What are the Symptoms of Teeth Grinding?

  • Earaches
  • Audible grinding noises while sleeping
  • Worn, flattened teeth
  • Broken fillings or dental crowns
  • Ridges along the sides of the tongue
  • Bite marks inside the cheeks
  • Facial or TMJ pain
  • Clenching when driving or at times of stress

How a Bite Splint Can Help

Depending on your lifestyle and risk factors, you may be someone who grinds their teeth during sleep or throughout the day. For daytime bruxism, a smaller occlusal splint can provide relief as it trains your jaws to relax, preventing teeth from becoming fully engaged against one another. Your appliance can be removed and easily stored for meetings, phone calls, etc. Night time teeth grinding may be less noticeable unless you have a sleep partner who has observed it. By fitting you with a durable acrylic night guard, you can prevent excessive strain to your TMJ, teeth and dental work.

A Non-surgical Therapy for TMJ Disorder

TMJ pain is often times caused by overuse and strain of the joint due to underlying bruxism. If you’re exhibiting signs of TMJ disorder, the best place to start for pain relief is wearing a night guard to prevent the joint from repetitive clenching as you sleep. If you wake up in the morning with a sore jaw or teeth, then you could be grinding them without realising it.

Get on the Road to Pain Relief

Schedule an impression at Nova Smiles Dental for your custom occlusal splint or night guard today to protect your smile from unnecessary wear and joint pain. CONTACT US

Teeth Grinding Treatment Wallsend, Maryland, Cameron Park, Elermore Vale NSW
(02) 4951 6666