Realising that you are affected by bruxism can come off as a tricky diagnosis regarding treatment options, but rest assured, there are several strategies to manage and treat this common condition.
Bruxism affects many, but most people suffering from this condition include children, adolescents and even young adults. Its causes can stem from:
- Drug or alcohol use
- Stress or anxiety
- Other parts of our daily lives that affect our overall health
- Malocclusion (bad bite)
Connecting some of our lifestyle habits or general health to grinding and clenching teeth during our sleeping hours may seem complicated. However, by taking a closer look, there are proven treatments that can ease your pain and discomfort.
Our dentists at Mount Waverly Smiles can recommend several treatments or management tactics to help put you at ease and protect your teeth at night.
Repairing Damaged Teeth
Some teeth may require fillings or caps after years of hard grinding and clenching.
Screening for Obstructive Sleep Apnoea
Sleep apnoea has been linked with bruxism and may be a contributing factor to damaged teeth.
Our dentists may also recommend a ‘bite splint’ or nightguard to wear at night. Instead of grinding or clenching on your teeth, the mouthguard will take the brunt of the force and protect your teeth from suffering any more damage.
Bruxism can relate to stress, anxiety or depression, and some studies suggest that it could be a physical manifestation of these conditions. Instead of treatment from a dentist, seeking the help of a qualified psychologist for therapy or counselling may help with grinding and clenching teeth.
Treating Bruxism in Mount Waverley, VIC
While bruxism has several potential causes, many treatments are proven to make a difference if implemented consistently. If you are concerned that bruxism is affecting your teeth or overall sleeping habits, we are available for consultations either online or by phone at (03) 9888 2523