Excessive teeth clenching and grinding
Mild bruxism may not require treatment. However, in some people, bruxism can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw problems, headaches, damaged teeth and sore muscles on waking.
Because you may have sleep bruxism and be unaware of it until complications develop, it's important to seek regular dental care at Balgowlah Dental Clinic and let our experienced clinicians check to make sure you don’t have any undiagnosed clenching problems.
Bruxism often cracks teeth, breaks fillings, and excessively shortens and wears out teeth. If the enamel on the front of the top teeth becomes worn, often the yellow underlying layer is exposed, or teeth can look jagged and chipped once the enamel breaks away.
Commonly, dentists can make a nightguard to protect teeth and reduce muscles fatigue, inject muscles relaxants into the jaws to stop muscle hyperactivity, or prescribe a short term course of muscles relaxants.
Masseter Hypertrophy - enlargement of chewing muscles from chronic muscle tension
Abfraction - enamel breakage and loss due to bending of tooth under clenching force, causing a lot of sensitivity
Gum recession - due to excessive levering forces on teeth