Wright Street Dental Clinic

How do I know if I grind my teeth?

Millions of people are affected by bruxism, or teeth grinding. Occasional teeth grinding may not require treatment, but chronic teeth grinding can lead to serious jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.

Signs & Symptoms of Bruxism
If tooth grinding happens at night, you may not realise you have a problem. We can easily identify signs and symptoms of bruxism through a simple evaluation. Here are some signs and symptoms you can look for:

  • Worn, flattened, fractured or chipped teeth
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Tooth sensitivity
  • Jaw pain or tightness in the jaw muscles
  • Earache
  • Headache
  • Facial pain
  • Damaged tissue on the inside of your cheek

Treatment for Tooth Grinding
Treatment for tooth grinding varies widely based on the individual diagnosis. We will perform a comprehensive evaluation to determine the cause for tooth grinding and create a personalised treatment plan to take care of your needs.

Splint Therapy / Night Guard – A dental splint or teeth grinding mouth guard may be the simplest form of treatment. This type of treatment is appropriate for patients whose teeth fit together properly and who have a healthy TMJ. The teeth grinding mouth guard is worn at night to prevent teeth grinding and protect teeth from wear.
Orthodontics – We may recommend orthodontic treatment to bring your teeth into the proper position and allow them to fit together harmoniously. We offer invisible braces for discreet treatment.

Bite Equilibration – Bite equilibration, or bite correction therapy, involves the dentist making minor adjustments to the teeth to allow them to fit together properly, eliminating stress and pressure.

Restorative Dentistry – For teeth that have been damaged by teeth grinding, We offer a range of restorative dentistry procedures to bring the teeth back to their proper health and beauty. We may use dental crowns, porcelain veneers, or cosmetic bonding to restore teeth.