If you find yourself waking up with sore teeth and jaw, it’s likely that you’re grinding your teeth while sleeping. Teeth grinding is a common condition, but if left untreated, it can lead to negative effects such as jaw pain and damage to the teeth. It can also cause problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) or jaw joint At Burnside Dental Practice, our TMJ dentists can assist you with problems affecting the TMJ, such as teeth grinding. Make an appointment at our clinic today to get relief from pain and other symptoms of teeth grinding with an effective TMJ treatment in Adelaide.
Once the cause has been determined, a suitable treatment for TMJ in Adelaide can be recommended.
Teeth grinding treatment focuses on protecting teeth from the harmful effects of excessive tooth contact. If there’s an obvious reason for why bruxism is occurring, such as one of the causes listed above, our TMJ dentist will suggest addressing this cause in order to stop teeth grinding. This may include practicing stress management, changing behaviours and having dental work done. If the cause isn’t obvious or cannot be treated, steps will be taken to protect the teeth from damage when they’re ground together. A custom dental splint or a nightguard can be constructed to stop the teeth from clenching together, alleviating many of the symptoms of bruxism. Often made from acrylic or another comfortable material, they easily fit over the upper or lower teeth to keep them separated.
Without treatment, teeth grinding causes irreparable damage to teeth from surface wear of the enamel, it can also cause small micro fractures on teeth which over time can propagate to the nerve of the tooth causing infection, or even has the potential to cause vertical fractures of the tooth. Besides its effects on teeth, it can also cause pain and inflammation in the TMJ or the jaw joint. In some cases, chronic teeth grinding can result in a fracturing, loosening, or loss of teeth. Our Adelaide dentist recommends treating teeth grinding as soon as you become aware of the symptoms in order to minimise damage. Treating problems early on can prevent bruxism from affecting the quality of life and interfering with daily functions such as eating and sleeping.