Learn More About Bruxism: Causes, Solutions, And FAQ's

Do you ever wake up with a headache or pain in your jaw? You may be grinding your teeth at night without realising it. This condition is called bruxism. Discover how bruxism affects your oral health and how to prevent and manage it.
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Many people are not familiar with bruxism. In fact, many people do not even realize that they grind their teeth or clench their jaws while they are asleep. As a result, most of them seek dental help only when there has already been significant damage to their teeth or when they are experiencing extreme pain or difficulty opening their mouth.
Bruxism is a dental problem that refers to the persistent grinding or clenching of teeth that commonly happens when one is asleep. However, some patients also grind and clench during the day when they’re awake. Bruxism, if left unmanaged, can lead to long-term damage to teeth and jaws.
Several treatments are available to help relieve the symptoms of bruxism and protect your teeth from further damage. Timberlands Dental Clinic offers custom-made mouth guards, night guards and other treatments aimed at treating bruxism. Schedule an appointment today, and your dentist can help you find the right treatment option for you. We offer the latest and modern techniques to help you manage the effects of bruxism.


Common Causes of Bruxism

Many different factors can contribute to bruxism or teeth grinding.
  • Stress and anxiety: 
    This is one of the most common causes of bruxism. When anxious, we may unconsciously clench our jaw or grind our teeth. This can happen during the day as well as at night.

  • Abnormal bite: 
    If our teeth are not aligned properly, we may put extra pressure on certain teeth when we chew, resulting in grinding.

  • Sleep apnoea: 
    People with sleep apnea often snore loudly and stop breathing for short periods during the night. This can cause fatigue and daytime drowsiness, as well as tooth grinding.
If you think you may be grinding your teeth at night, it is important to talk to your dentist. They can help you find the underlying cause and provide treatment options to relieve your symptoms.
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Night Guards

A night guard is a plastic dental appliance that fits over the upper teeth. It absorbs the force from grinding and clenching, reducing damage to the teeth.

Bruxism Treatment

Once your dentist determines the cause of your bruxism, a proper treatment plan will be made for you. Bruxism treatment may include consultations with a sleep medicine specialist, stress or anxiety management, behaviour change, or biofeedback.

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At Timberlands Dental Clinic, we are experienced in diagnosing and treating bruxism. We take a comprehensive treatment approach, including lifestyle changes, stress management, and dental appliances. Our team will work with you to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs and helps you to achieve long-term oral health.
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Same-Day Restorative Procedures

At Timberlands Dental Clinic, we offer same-day restorative procedures to our patients. If you are suffering from bruxism, we can provide dental bridges to replace your missing teeth and crowns to restore your damaged teeth on the same day. This will help correct your bite and prevent further damage to your teeth.

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Timberlands Dental Clinic is committed to providing the highest quality of care and offers a variety of payment options to make dental care more accessible for everyone. We are proud to offer our patients quick and easy health fund claims through HICAPS, so you can get the dental care you need without worrying about paperwork or delays. In addition, we offer flexible payment options that can be tailored to your budget.
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At Timberlands Dental Clinic, we pride ourselves on providing our patients with the latest dental technology. Our new state-of-the-art facility is equipped with the latest dental equipment available, and our experienced team of dentists is up-to-date on the latest techniques. So if you’re looking for a modern and convenient dental clinic, Timberlands Dental Clinic is the perfect choice for you.


Frequently Asked Questions about Bruxism

Bruxism is a condition where you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. This action can occur day or night, although most people are unaware they do it. If you have bruxism, you may unconsciously clench your teeth when angry, anxious, or stressed. You may also grind your teeth at night, which can be a response to sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea. Symptoms of bruxism can include face, neck, and shoulder pain, a painful jaw, headaches, and earache. You may also have chipped, broken or worn down (flattened) teeth, which can cause sensitivity and loss of tooth fillings or crowns.

If you think you may be suffering from bruxism, it is important to see your dentist. They will be able to diagnose the condition and recommend treatment options.

There are a few different ways that your dentist can determine if you have bruxism. The first is through history taking, wherein you will be asked if you’ve been experiencing common symptoms of bruxism, including jaw pain and headache, especially when you wake up in the morning, neck pain, and earache. This will be followed by a dental examination wherein your dentist will check your teeth and gums. 

Flat, worn-down teeth and cracked or chipped teeth are some of the common signs of bruxism. Aside from these, teeth with receding gums can also be observed. Your dentist will also check if your fillings or crowns are still intact. Loose fillings and crowns can also result from bruxism. Lastly, your dentist may take x-rays or other imaging studies to get a more detailed look at your teeth, jaw, and temporomandibular joint (TMJ). This essential tool can significantly help your dentist determine why you have bruxism.

Results from your history taking, dental examination, and x-ray analysis will help your dentist diagnose if you have bruxism.

If you think you might have bruxism, it’s essential to seek treatment as soon as possible. Without treatment, bruxism can lead to several problems, including:

  • Damage to your teeth: 
    The constant grinding and clenching of your teeth can cause the enamel to wear down, making them more susceptible to decay. It can also lead to increased sensitivity, tooth loss, and a change in the alignment of your teeth.

  • Pain in your jaw muscles and jaw joints: 
    The muscles used for chewing can become overloaded and strained, leading to pain, spasms, and difficulty opening your mouth. In severe cases, bruxism can damage the temporomandibular joint, causing permanent clicking and popping when you move your jaw.

  • Sleep problems: 
    Grinding and clenching can cause interrupted sleep, leading to fatigue and irritability during the day.

Bruxism is a serious condition that needs to be managed by a dentist or other healthcare professional. If you think you might have bruxism, make an appointment to see your dentist as soon as possible.

Teeth grinding or bruxism is a condition that affects many people. It can cause pain and damage to teeth and lead to other problems such as headaches and jaw pain. There are a few things you can do to prevent teeth grinding, including:

  • Improve your sleeping habits: 
    Make sure you are getting enough sleep and that your sleeping environment is calm and relaxing. Create a relaxing bedtime routine to help you wind down before sleep and avoid caffeine before bed.

  • Relieve stress: 
    Stress can be a major trigger for teeth grinding, so finding ways to relax and reduce stress can help prevent the condition. Exercise, meditation, and deep breathing exercises can all be helpful. You may also want to see a therapist to help you healthily manage stress.

  • Wear a mouth guard: 
    Your dentist can fit you with a mouthguard to protect your teeth from grinding at night, and wearing one while sleeping can help you get a better night’s sleep.

Taking these steps can help prevent teeth grinding and keep your smile looking its best.

While bruxism can occur at any age, it is most common in children. The good news is that some children outgrow bruxism on their own. For adults, the situation is often different. Bruxism may be caused by stress, and it may go away on its own if the stress is relieved. However, there are also cases wherein bruxism persists into adulthood, and treatment is needed to manage the condition.

A dentist can help assess the severity of your bruxism and determine the best course of treatment. Sometimes, a mouthguard may be recommended to protect your teeth from damage. In other cases, counselling or medication may be necessary to reduce stress and alleviate bruxism. Whatever the cause of your bruxism, treatments are available to help you manage the condition and protect your teeth.