We understand the discomfort and potential damage caused by teeth grinding, and our skilled dental professionals are extensively trained to assist patients in managing and treating this condition effectively.
What Is Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a condition characterised by the involuntary clenching, grinding, or gnashing of teeth. It often occurs during sleep but can also happen while awake.
Teeth grinding can lead to various dental issues, such as tooth wear, enamel erosion, jaw pain, headaches, and even damage to dental restorations. If left untreated, it can cause significant oral health problems and discomfort.
Causes of Teeth Grinding
Teeth grinding can have various underlying factors contributing to its occurrence. Understanding these potential causes can help individuals and dental professionals address and manage the condition effectively. Here are some common factors that may contribute to teeth grinding:
Psychological stress and anxiety are significant contributors to teeth grinding. People often unconsciously grind their teeth as a response to stress and tension, especially during sleep.
An improper alignment of the upper and lower teeth, known as malocclusion, can lead to teeth grinding. When the teeth do not fit together correctly, the jaw muscles may overcompensate during chewing or clenching, resulting in bruxism.
Sleep-related disorders, such as sleep apnea or snoring, have been linked to teeth grinding. Disrupted sleep patterns can trigger bruxism during attempts to establish proper breathing or airway passages.
Certain lifestyle habits, such as excessive alcohol consumption, caffeine intake, or tobacco use, may contribute to teeth grinding.
Some medications, particularly those used to treat psychiatric disorders or depression, may cause bruxism as a side effect.
Family history can play a role in the occurrence of bruxism, suggesting a genetic predisposition to teeth grinding.
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How Can We Help Address Teeth Grinding
Our dental team conducts thorough examinations to identify the underlying causes of teeth grinding and creates customised treatment plans for each patient.
We also offer custom-made night guards and dental splints to protect teeth during sleep and may recommend stress management techniques or alignment correction when necessary.
Treatment Options for Teeth Grinding
Managing teeth grinding requires a comprehensive approach to address its underlying causes and alleviate its symptoms effectively.
At Mindarie Quinns Dental Centre, we offer a range of treatment options to help patients manage bruxism and protect their dental health:
Custom-made night guards and dental splints are highly effective in protecting teeth from grinding during sleep. These oral appliances cushion the jaw and prevent tooth damage caused by clenching.
For patients with misaligned teeth contributing to bruxism, we may recommend orthodontic treatments to correct the bite and reduce excessive force on the teeth.
We can repair or replace damaged teeth caused by bruxism using dental restorations like crowns or veneers.
What our clients say
“Have been a client here for over 10 years and highly recommend this practice. Dr Lubinka has been my dentist for 12 years since I moved from the UK. Her professionalism, knowledge, attention to detail and her communication is outstanding. The administrative, support and dental nurse staff here are equally exceptional. Customer focused, positive, flexible and polite. Have never ever considered going anywhere else. Highly recommended.”
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“I cannot praise Mindarie Quinn’s dental staff highly enough. My son had an accident at school resulting in a chipped tooth, the desk staff were amazing, shifting around appointments to fit him in for emergency treatment. Dr Aron was brilliant. He was calm & gentle with a traumatised boy. Within the hour we were back home with a fixed up-front tooth. This is my usual dentist, and my experiences are always great, but the care we received today in an emergency was so professional and reassuring, I felt the need to leave a review of our experience. Thank you for the incredible treatment we received with you today.”
“Staff are always super friendly. Really helpful when it comes to dental emergencies. My teeth are forever grateful.”
“Myself and my children have been seeing Lubinka for years. She is kind, patient, friendly and explains everything very well. My daughter had to have 4 teeth extracted and the procedure went very well because of her trust in Lubinka. The other staff are also lovely. We highly recommend this practice.”