Bruxism has been defined as a “habitual clenching and grinding of the teeth”. Bruxism can also just refer to just grinding with clenching as separate condition. We will refer to them separately here. Both occur most frequently at night time but may occur during the day and are usually involuntary. Both are experienced in both the adult and child population. Unfortunately, many people do not realise they clench their teeth until painful symptoms begin to manifest.
There may be many causes of Clenching and Grinding including:
Both snoring and obstructive sleep apnoea are a result of a narrowing of the airway while in a lying down position and may stimulate a bruxing response. Sleep apnoea is a condition resulting in a period of not breathing followed by a gasping for air and can become a life threatening condition when severe, making it doubly important to seek help for the condition.
Many people may think of teeth clenching or grinding as harmless, but in reality, both can have a significant impact on your health.
Some effects of clenching or grinding include:
If you suspect you may be clenching or grinding or suffer the above mentioned symptoms then please don’t delay. Call us on 03 9824 8868 TODAY for an appointment.
If you are looking for a way to stop your teeth clenching, Melbourne TMJ & Facial Pain Centre™ can assist with our tailored treatment programs.
Treatment for clenching will often depend on the underlying cause. A professional assessment is necessary to establish cause and plan a treatment and management strategy. Whether your clenching is caused by postural issues, stress, trauma or other causes, Melbourne TMJ Centre can help, with over 24 years of clinical experience in treating clenching and related conditions. Those looking for a solution to their harmful teeth clenching can visit our Armadale clinic or call us today on 03 9824 8868 to set up an Assessment Consultation.