Teeth Grinding & Jaw Pain

  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw soreness
  • Headaches
  • Facial pain
  • Worn-down teeth
  • Tension in the temple
  • Click or pop from jaw joints
  • TMJ disorders
  • Only dentist in Wanaka with 3D x-ray to help diagnose TMJ issues

What are the symptoms of teeth grinding?

Tooth grinding, also known as bruxism, is a common dental condition that affects many people of all ages. The main symptom of tooth grinding is teeth clenching or grinding, which typically occurs during sleep, although it can also happen during the day. Other symptoms of teeth grinding include headaches, earaches, jaw pain, facial pain, and neck pain. It can also cause worn-down, chipped, or broken teeth, and increased sensitivity of the teeth. People who grind their teeth may also have difficulty sleeping, and may experience tiredness, stress, or anxiety.

Teeth grinding can also lead to gum disease, receding gums, and even tooth loss in severe cases. If left untreated, tooth grinding can cause serious damage to the teeth and jaw, and can lead to long-term dental problems. If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, it is important to visit our practice as soon as possible for proper diagnosis and treatment to help prevent any further damage to your teeth and overall oral health.

What damage can be caused from teeth grinding?

The constant grinding and clenching of teeth can wear down the enamel, causing the teeth to become shorter, more sensitive, or even chip or fracture. The pressure on the teeth can also cause them to loosen, which can lead to tooth loss. In addition, bruxism can lead to headaches, earaches, and facial pain due to the pressure placed on the muscles and joints of the jaw.

Over time, this pressure can result in jaw disorders such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, which can cause chronic pain and difficulty with jaw movement. It is essential to seek treatment for bruxism to prevent further damage and alleviate any pain or discomfort.

Treatment options may include the use of a custom-made mouthguard, relaxation techniques, and addressing any underlying stress or anxiety that may be contributing to the condition.

What causes jaw pain?

Jaw pain can be caused by various factors. One common cause is temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, which result from issues with the jaw joint such as misalignment, arthritis, or excessive teeth grinding. Dental problems like tooth decay, gum disease, or infections can also lead to jaw pain. Trauma or injury to the jaw, sinus problems, and stress or tension can contribute to jaw pain as well.

Additionally, certain medical conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia, or trigeminal neuralgia can manifest as jaw pain. Identifying the underlying cause of jaw pain is crucial for appropriate treatment.

Consulting with our experts in jaw conditions is recommended to determine the specific cause and develop an effective management plan to alleviate the discomfort and address any underlying issues.

How to stop grinding?

Tooth grinding can be a difficult habit to break. However, there are several strategies that can help stop tooth grinding, including relaxation techniques, stress management, and lifestyle changes. One effective approach is to reduce stress and anxiety through meditation, exercise, or therapy. Avoiding alcohol and caffeine, especially before bedtime, can also help reduce tooth grinding.

Wearing a splint at night can be an effective way to protect teeth from grinding and clenching. In addition, practising good sleep habits, such as keeping a regular sleep schedule and creating a relaxing bedtime routine, can also help reduce tooth grinding.  

We can then suggest any appropriate treatment options, such as wearing protective bite splint at night, therapeutic facial injections, jaw therapy or orthodontic treatment.

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What is bruxing or bruxism?

Bruxism is the clinical term for grinding your teeth. It is the habit of clenching or grinding teeth. It often occurs unconsciously, especially during sleep, and can lead to various issues such as tooth wear, jaw pain, and headaches.

What are the common symptoms of tooth grinding?

 Common symptoms include jaw pain, facial pain, headaches, tooth sensitivity, worn-down teeth, and tension in the jaw muscles.

What causes tooth grinding?

Tooth grinding can be caused by factors such as stress, anxiety, an abnormal bite, misaligned teeth, or sleep disorders like sleep apnea.

How can I manage tooth grinding at home?

You can try stress-reducing techniques, such as relaxation exercises or engaging in activities that promote relaxation. Avoiding caffeine and alcohol, especially before bed, can also help. Using a mouthguard at night can protect your teeth from grinding and clenching.

When should I seek professional help for tooth grinding?

If tooth grinding is persistent, causing significant jaw pain, tooth damage, or disrupting your sleep, it is advisable to seek professional help. Our expert dentists can evaluate your condition, identify the underlying cause, and recommend appropriate treatment options.

What are the treatment options for tooth grinding?

Treatment options may include wearing a customised night splint, dental correction for misaligned teeth, stress management techniques, and in some cases, medication or therapy for underlying anxiety or sleep disorders.