Teeth grinding or bruxism, is excessive clenching or grinding of the teeth that is distinct from the normal chewing function. Although this can occur during the day, mostly it occurs during the night and is subconscious. Sometimes signs or symptoms can go undetected until you attend for your regular check-up and the team at Cosmetic Dental and Implant Centre notice some changes to your teeth.
It is well documented that physical and psychological stress can contribute to the problem. Anxiety and tension in adults and children can cause stress in the body that contribute to bruxism and this is becoming more prevalent.
If you have tooth sensitivity to hot and cold, facial pain, tension headaches or intense muscle contractions around the mouth, come in and see us.
Although there are no definitive treatments for bruxism, there are many different management options, including occlusal mouth splints (moulded plastic night guard – similar to a sports mouthguard), and even biofeedback techniques, relaxation therapy, minor tooth shape adjustment etc. These are just some of the options available. If you have any questions or to make an appointment with Dr New or Dr Goldstein, please contact our Malvern team at the Cosmetic Dental and Implant Centre.