Teeth Grinding Treatment
Bruxism Treatment in Mermaid Beach
Bruxism is when someone subconsciously clenches and grinds their teeth together, often due to stress. It can happen during a hard day at the office, on the commute home or more commonly, while you’re sleeping at night.
Unfortunately, night-time bruxism is a hard habit to break on your own. Fortunately, Dr Anna Williams (Dentist) can help you to reduce the strain that grinding and overuse play on your teeth.
Problems Caused by Teeth Grinding
Bruxism isn’t just an annoying habit; it can actually lead to long-term damage to your smile. Some of the most common side effects of constant overuse of the teeth and engaging of the jaw muscles can cause problems like:
Flat, worn enamel
Broken crowns, veneers or other dental work
TMJ disorder and pain
Chronic headaches or earaches
Changes in tooth alignment
Treatments for Bruxism
We use two types of teeth grinding management treatments to offer the best results and re-train your jaw muscles. Used in combination, they’re more effective at relieving pain and preventing additional damage.
First, we fit you with a custom anti-grinding mouthpiece that rests comfortably over your teeth. This acrylic guard creates a small amount of space between the upper and lower jaw, preventing them from fully engaging.
Next, we use injectables (the same ones commonly used for treating fine lines and wrinkles) to ease the muscles around the jaw joint. As natural muscle relaxers, such products provide extended results that can last for up to three months or more. They can be reapplied as necessary; all you need is a short appointment to touch up.
DO YOU GRIND YOUR TEETH?
Do you wake up with a headache in the morning? Are there bite marks along the sides of your cheeks or tongue? Is your enamel starting to chip away or flatten? Request a consultation today to learn more about how we can help.
* Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.