If you wake up in the morning with a sore mouth, jaw, or neck from grinding your teeth, it’s worth making an appointment at your dental clinic to see your dentist. Persistent grinding or sleep bruxism may cause issues with your oral health, sleep, and well-being.
A dentist can also identify whether your teeth grinding occurs in conjunction with other conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) or gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD). They may suggest further testing or treatment to help diagnose these conditions.
Nighttime teeth clenching and grinding can strain the mouth and jaw and aggravate muscles in the neck. Reducing this pain is essential to any treatment plan for grinding your teeth at night.
What are the treatments for grinding your teeth at night?
While multiple treatments are available for grinding your teeth at night, a dental mouthguards or alternatively known as a protective occlusal splint or “nightguard” is the most common one recommended by dentists.
Dental Occlusal Splints
Your dentist may suggest you order a custom-made mouthguard to help you stop grinding your teeth at night. Typically, you’ll insert the splint after you’ve brushed your teeth and before you go to bed. Dental splints hold the jaw in the proper position and create a physical barrier between your upper and lower jaws, making your teethless likely to grind against each other.
Depending on the severity of your night grinding, occlusal splints can place the jaw in a slightly open position, allowing the masseter (or chewing) muscles to relax.
Here at Aardent Dental, we custom make our splints in a range of fits and sizes; some go over the complete set of top or bottom teeth, and some only cover a smaller section of the mouth, depending on your unique requirements.
While your local pharmacist may stock mouthguards, generic sizing might lead to a bad and uncomfortable fit. We recommend an appointment with your local dental centre in Vic Park to discuss how your dentist can help solve your night teeth grinding issues.
While they don’t cure sleep bruxism, mouthguards can decrease the impact of bruxism, reduce the wear and tear of teeth, reduce morning headaches, and improve sleep quality. Visiting a dental professional may also help prevent more severe oral health problems.
Stress reduction = reduction in grinding
As with many health issues, stress commonly contributes to teeth grinding. Establishing a good nighttime routine can help reduce stress levels and, in doing so, reduce the likelihood of grinding.
Relaxation techniques are a natural approach that can help. Combining relaxation techniques with a professionally made mouthguard for your Perth dentist can significantly reduce your nocturnal teeth grinding.
Why choose Aardent Dental Centre as your Perth dental clinic?
Contact us today and let us show you why the team at Aardent Dental Centre are respected dentists in Victoria Park and South Perth.