Teeth Grinding Treatment in Leixlip

Most people who grind their teeth don’t even know they are doing it.

In the past it was thought that grinding of teeth was stress induced. However, as dentistry modernised it was identified that grinding is actually a sign that a patient has Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD). Grinding has also been associated with sleep apnea. It is thought that this unconscious action is done as a means of opening airways that have become blocked. Grinding is dangerous for teeth. Left untreated it can result in tooth damage and lead to sensitivity and decay. Without treatment grinding can also lead to permanent damage to your jaw.

Below are some of the key symptoms of Grinding Clenching and TMD that you should be aware of.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Grinding tends to happen during sleep. Its symptoms are subtle and can sometimes manifest in a buzzing or ringing in the ears. You may also notice the wearing of the tooth’s surface, teeth that are breaking or fillings that become fracture. Other symptoms can include crowns becoming lose or the onset of sudden toothaches. These are all signs that a patient is suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction.

The Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw and skull, which gives you the ability to open and close the mouth, and allows you to chew. Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction (TMD) is the name dentists give to any jaw problems or problems with the muscles in the face that control the jaw.
You will notice any signs that you may be grinding first thing in the morning when you may experience stiffness in the jaw or a tenderness when biting. Other problems can include pain in the neck and shoulder areas or severe headaches. Pain or discomfort in the sides of the face or ears along with difficulty moving the jaw can also be a signal that you have been grinding your teeth. Grinding can also result in some teeth becoming lose, the onset of receding gums, muscle tiredness or spasms.
‘Occlusion’ is a term dentists use to describe how your teeth meet when the jaws come together during biting. If your teeth are not meeting correctly you may be prone to other dental or gum problems as well as the temporomandibular joint and its controlling muscles.

Our team at Riverforest Dental are fully trained in the assessment and treatment of TMD. You may experience soreness in your muscles during testing. Broken or worn teeth are often a sign that clenching or grinding is happening and often indicates problems with your bite.

One option for treatment is by giving a patient an Occlusal Splint, which is a hard plastic appliance that fits over the upper or lower teeth. Our team will measure you mouth and fit this splint accurately. The presence of a splint will allow you to relax your muscles when they bite and will ensure that all your teeth meet at the same time.

You may have to wear the Occlusal Splint at all times or just during night-time hours. If the splint shows results in relieving your symptoms it may be possible that permanent correction of the bite is required.

The options considered after diagnosis is confirmed include:
  • Tooth adjustment: repositions the slopes of the teeth that help them come together can be a great help in repositioning the jaw.
  • Teeth replacement: if you have any gaps in your teeth, they may require replacing using bridges, dentures or implants. This will help to give your mouth a balanced support
  • Medication: medication can be helpful but is often only used as a temporary solution
  • Diet & Exercise: eating softer foods can be useful to give the jaw rest. We can also advise on certain exercises which will help you to correct your problem. In certain cases physiotherapy can also be prescribed.
  • Relaxation: relaxation therapy can help in some cases. This will help patients to manage stressful scenarios and also help to reduce the levels of tension in the jaw areas.

If you have any other questions, please contact us