Have you been involuntarily grinding and clenching your teeth? Teeth grinding and clenching, also known as bruxism, can lead to a sore, tired jaw. Bruxism is generally caused by stress, anxiety and tension in your waking life. The grinding and clenching of teeth most often occurs during sleep. Often a partner or family member is first to notice the sufferer’s condition due to the noise associated with teeth grinding throughout the night.
Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders and can cause symptoms such as:
Over a period of time, if left untreated, bruxism can result in significant damage to the teeth and gums. At Toorak Fine Dentistry, our dentists are committed to helping patients suffering with the symptoms of bruxism and preventing long term damage. We offer various forms of treatment to assist you with the pain and dental problems caused by teeth clenching and grinding.
This includes but is not limited to:
TMJ Issues – Clenching and Grinding
What is an Occlusal Splint?
An Occlusal Splint (also called a bite splint, bite plane, or night guard) is a removable dental appliance carefully moulded to fit the upper or lower arches of teeth worn at night to reduce the amount of grinding pressure transferred to the teeth. It offers relief for the muscles of the jaw and protection of the teeth from wear and breakage. Treatment may involve wearing an occlusal splint overnight to prevent the teeth in the upper and lower arches from making contact. Alternatively, neuromuscular treatment such as Laser Pain Therapy may be required to relax and retrain jaw muscles to rest and function as normal. Occlusal Splints are a straightforward procedure: impression paste (Alginate) is used to make models of your teeth, and our technician builds the Splint based on information about your bite that our dentists will provide.
Dr Andrew Gronow has spent many years studying dysfunctions of the temporomandibular joint, jaw pain and bruxism both in Australia and internationally. Therefore, once your occlusal splint is inserted, we will ask you to return for regular review appointments (at no additional fee) to adjust and balance your splint to optimise comfort and reduce inflammation and pressure on the jaw joint.
What causes TMJ pain?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the bones of the skull. A condition known as Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) can cause pain and stiffness in the TMJ. When the joint is subjected to trauma such as an injury to the neck or head, or aggravated by chronic clenching or teeth grinding, TMJ disorder (TMD) arises.
SIGNS & SYMPTOMS
At Toorak Fine Dentistry we offer Laser Pain Therapy with a diode laser. The Diode Laser is designed to provide near infrared laser energy to a tissue surface for the purpose of temporary pain relief when applied with the Deep Tissue Handpiece. The pain therapy procedure is the process by which tissue temperature is elevated for the temporary relief of minor pain, the temporary increase in local blood circulation, and the temporary relaxation of muscle. Affected muscles and/or joints are exposed to an adequate level of therapeutic energy over a short period of time to provide effective therapeutic effects. Some patients may require more than one laser application or a series of treatments before significant improvement is reported.
If you would like our dentist in Toorak to assess your teeth grinding and clenching issue, please call our reception desk on (03) 9826 1725 to schedule an appointment.
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