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TMD & Bruxism

Bruxism is the correct term for clenching and grinding, a habit that is usually subconscious and which often occurs at night. As a result, symptoms may initially go unnoticed until they cause pain or discomfort, or until they are diagnosed by one of our dentists at Coastal Smiles. Bruxism can cause a significant amount of damage to the teeth, gums and to the jaw joints (temporomandibular joints). Symptoms include:

  • Waking up with aching teeth or a sore jaw
  • Your jaw might make a clicking or popping sound when you move it
  • Your teeth may become sensitive to hot and cold
  • You might notice your teeth look shorter than before or are chipped

Bruxism does place a lot of stress on the temporomandibular joints and this condition is often associated with temporomandibular disorder (TMD). The muscle moving the jaw can become sore and inflamed and you may have facial pain. This pain can also affect the neck and shoulders or may even cause earache and chronic headaches.

Treating Bruxism and TMD

We can often treat this condition by supplying you with a custom-made night guard or splint which keeps the teeth apart so you can no longer clench and grind at night. If necessary, we can use restorative treatments to mend any damage caused to your teeth.

However, before our dentists can recommend a treatment, they will have to examine your teeth. To schedule a consultation, call us on (02) 9971 8992. Coastal Smiles Dee Why is located at Suite 1, 5 Dee Why Parade, Dee Why NSW 2099.