Rid yourself of grinding problems (bruxism) with an occlusal splint and stress relief suggestions from Geoffrey Deeb Dental in Holland Park.

Around half the population grinds their teeth from time-to-time

Approximately half the population is thought to grind their teeth from time-to-time, while around 5% of people are habitual grinders.

The majority of habitual grinders, grind during sleep, but some people may also grind their teeth when they’re awake. Here at Geoffrey Deeb Dental located in Holland Park, we want to make sure our patients are completely informed about the damage that can be done by bruxism.

As most people with bruxism clench and grind subconsciously at night, our practice offers an occlusal splint as an aid to help stop clenching and grinding teeth while sleeping. The following article discusses the symptoms and causes of bruxism, as well as the supportive treatment we offer to counter the problem and aid your oral health back to a positive condition.

Bruxism – What is it?

Bruxism stems from the Greek word brychein, which literally means gnashing of the teeth. It isn’t entirely understood why people grind their teeth but it is thought to be most likely linked to stress and/or jaw misalignment.

When you are stressed your energy levels are thought to increase, inducing the need for some form of release. This is where bruxism becomes involved. As a method of stress relief, patients with bruxism may be subconsciously contracting the muscles in their jaw or face – encouraging the habit of grinding.

Where jaw misalignment is involved if stress grinding is practised, it may be amplified by misaligned jaws. Bruxism, particularly nocturnally, is considered to be a common response to jaw misalignment because the teeth are not sitting comfortably. In this regard grinding can even be seen as method of acquiring comfort.

Although people may not realise, teeth grinding isn’t only a noisy habit but it could also be causing headaches, jaw pain and wearing down the crowns of your teeth – commonly leading to an array of treatments to resolve the symptoms.

Bruxism can result in the following issues:

  • Headaches
  • Earaches
  • Jaw joint disorders
  • Jaw pain
  • Hypersensitive teeth
  • Worsening of teeth misalignment
  • Worn and weakened teeth

It’s difficult to decipher the cause behind your bruxism problem. The following tips may be helpful for reducing your stress levels and assisting your recovery:

  1. Get involved with regular exercise
  2. Reduce your caffeine intake
  3. Consider stress counseling – a stress ball may help
  4. Give meditation or yoga an attempt

You never know, one or more of the above stress relief activities could be just the ticket to relieving your stress problems. But as an immediate solution, an occlusal splint can assist the process by eliminating the night time grinding habits.

How can an occlusal splint help me?

An occlusal splint offers assistance to cease grinding of teeth, particularly during sleep.

It is custom made to cover the grinding surface of the teeth and is designed to greatly reduce muscular strain for the face. This works by removing the contact from top and bottom teeth, helping the patient wake up headache and pain free!

To find out more about how Geoffrey Deeb Dental can help ease your grinding habits with occlusal splint treatment, book an appointment with us on (07) 3397 1923 and drop by our Holland Park practice.