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Tooth Grinding Protection

Protecting your teeth from bruxism

Logo for dental night guard aka occlusal splint

What is bruxism?

Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding or clenching, is a very common condition. While bruxism can occur during the day, it typically occurs at night during sleep, which makes it difficult for individuals to identify that they are grinding at all. Around half the population will experience bruxism at some point, with around 13% of people grinding or clenching regularly.

While bruxism is not always harmful, it can lead to dental problems such as tooth wear, sensitivity, and fractures, as well as headaches and jaw pain. Tooth grinding can affect anyone, but is often closely related to stress levels, and is more common in those who suffer from anxiety, depression, sleep apnoea or those with high caffeine or alcholol consumption.

Clenching and grinding of the teeth is mostly subconscious, so Lowering stress levels can help with bruxism, though this is not always easy or possible. Occlusal splints, physiotherapy and muscle relaxant injections can all be useful in managing the symptoms of bruxism.

Occlusal Splints

An occlusal splint, or nightguard, is custom-made acrylic device that fits over the biting edge of the top teeth, worn at night to protect the teeth from grinding and clenching during sleep. Occlusal splints can also help to relieve pain and reduce the frequency of grinding.

Physiotherapy Referral

Physiotherapy may also be recommended to treat bruxism, particularly if there is an underlying muscular or joint disorder. Techniques such as massage, stretching, and exercises can help to relax the muscles and improve jaw mobility. The Headache, Neck and Jaw Clinic in Nundah is great option for physiotherapy.

Muscle Relaxant Injections

Botulinum toxin, also known as Botox, is a muscle relaxant that can be injected into the muscles of the jaw to reduce the force of clenching and grinding. This is a safe and effective option for reducing the side effects of bruxism, however needs to be redone every 3-6 months to remain effective.

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