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What Is Bruxism, and How Can My Dentist Help?

September 29, 2021
Posted By: Katoomba Dental Centre

Bruxism is a condition that means you clench and grind your teeth, usually during sleep. If this condition goes undiagnosed and untreated, it can have serious consequences, including pain and tooth loss.

Your dentist in Katoomba offers bruxism diagnosis and treatment to restore your rest, quality of life and to help prevent complications.

Signs of Bruxism

Early signs of bruxism can be subtle, but as time goes by, you may notice some or all of the following:

  • Jaw pain
  • Bulky jaw
  • Tooth pain
  • Headache
  • Shoulder pain
  • Neck pain

Eventually, you may also notice worn teeth, chips, fractures, and cavities. Bruxism may also contribute to TMJ.

What Is TMJ

TMJ means temporomandibular joint. This is a sliding, hinge-like joint that allows for speaking and chewing. It connects the lower jaw to the skull. The term TMJ is often used to describe disorders of this joint.

The pain associated with TMJ may be similar to what you feel with bruxism, but there may also be a popping sound in the jaw joint and, in advanced cases, a locking jaw.

Bruxism Treatment in Katoomba

Your dentist can diagnose bruxism or TMJ with an examination and x-ray. An exam may show tooth wear due to bruxism. An x-ray can uncover the jaw joint inflammation associated with TMJ.

If you are diagnosed, your dentist may suggest relaxation therapies for TMJ, including a temporary diet consisting of softer foods or muscle relaxant treatment. We can also craft a custom mouthguard, which prevents grinding and clenching by gently parting the upper and lower jaws during sleep.

In many cases, curbing bruxism also helps TMJ.

Your dentist will talk to you about all options and share findings. Then, together you’ll decide on a treatment plan to save your smile and restore life quality.

For Bruxism and TMJ Treatment in Katoomba, We Encourage Your Call

If you have symptoms of bruxism or TMJ, we recommend seeing your dentist for a definitive diagnosis and treatment plan. We invite you to reach out today to get started.

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