Teeth Grinding and Bruxism (Jaw Clenching) are an extremely common habit that many people do without even realizing. Some people will tend to do it when they are awake and conscious, however in a significant number of people it takes place when they are asleep and unaware of the fact they’re even doing it which is known as `Sleep Bruxism’. This can cause a significant impairment in your day to day activities.
If you are experiencing any of the below, it may be a good idea to book in with your dentist to discuss management options.
- Headaches – Some people experience light headaches where as others may experience a more severe migraine
- Cracked or chipped tooth enamel
- Excessive wear & tear of the teeth
- Jaw, joint or ear pain
- Aching of the teeth
- Loose teeth
- Tooth sensitivity
- Aching or stiffness of the face, temples or jaw
- Raised tissue on the cheeks, due to cheek biting
- Enlargement of the masseter muscle (jaw muscles), this is however rare
If left untreated any of these symptoms can possibly cause a number of issues which could be detrimental to your dental health and overall wellbeing. Total Care Dental Studio has a range of treatment options available to help manage these issues and your dentist will tailor make each treatment to the needs of the individual.
An occlusal splint is a custom-made acrylic mouthguard. They are designed to help minimize the abrasive action and damage to your teeth caused by TMJ grinding and bruxism/jaw clenching while your sleeping. A splint should be worn on a long-term basis in order to get effective results. Each splint is designed and made in Australia and comes with a standard warranty for complete piece of mind.
Botulinum Toxin-A Injections
Botulinum Toxin-A is commonly used in cosmetic procedures to help reduce the effects of fine lines and wrinkles. The reason we use it to treat grinding & bruxism/jaw clenching is because being a muscle relaxant, we are able to use it to relax the muscles that are causing you to do this, this helps to alleviate the symptoms you’ve been experiencing because of it. Most patients find that Botulinum Toxin-A is the most effective treatment for their TMJ. The procedure is nice, quick and easy! Our highly trained and experienced Doctor uses a conservative approach and tailors each treatment to achieve optimal results.