TMD and Bruxism

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the medical name for teeth grinding and clenching. Bruxism can cause damage to the teeth, resulting in them wearing down, fracturing or even becoming loose. Not only will bruxism affect your teeth, but it may also damage your jaw joints (temporomandibular joints) causing a condition called TMD or TMJ. Bruxism can cause pain and may even change your facial appearance as the teeth wear down.

How is Bruxism Diagnosed?

Bruxism generally occurs during sleep so you may be unaware you have this problem. Symptoms can include waking up with headaches or an aching jaw and you may notice your teeth feel more sensitive due to being worn or chipped. If you think you may have bruxism then please make an appointment for a proper diagnosis as the sooner you get treatment, the less the damage to your teeth and jaws.

How is Bruxism Treated?

We will generally suggest making you a custom-made nightguard that fits over your teeth, preventing them from contacting. Sometimes bruxism is stress related so taking action to try to deal with any additional stress can help.

For more information, please speak to our friendly dental team on (07) 4191 4787 or visit us at 8/6-8 Liuzzi St, Pialba Hervey Bay QLD 4655.