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Teeth Grinding in Cheltenham

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Do you often wake up with headaches? Or, perhaps you’re aware that you clench your jaw tightly during the day. Maybe you’ve noticed a tooth is chipped or cracked.

Chronic grinding and gnashing of teeth is a condition known as bruxism. Stress is often the culprit, and grinding often happens while you’re asleep. While grinding teeth is common, if it’s not treated, this consistent tension and grinding of the teeth can lead to damage like:

  • TMJ disorder
  • Jaw pain
  • Migraine headaches
  • Flat, chipped or worn teeth
  • Broken dental work
  • Muscle tension throughout the face, neck and shoulders
  • Limited range of motion in the TMJ
  • Difficulty eating
  • Tinnitus (ringing ears)

What to Expect

If Dr Nashi suspects you’re grinding your teeth, she will usually do a full examination, including an assessment of your teeth and airways. She’ll go through your medical history and ask you what medications you’re taking, and determine if anything is causing you stress. If any ENT issues need to be ruled out, we’ll have you see an ENT specialist.

If everything is ruled out and you fit the criteria of benefiting from an occlusal splint, we can make one for you. An occlusal splint adjusts the way your jaw is positioned when in a resting state, keeping it from fully engaging and tensing the muscles.

Impressions will be taken at the practice and sent to the lab. Then about two weeks later, your splint will be ready.

If you’re having acute pain related to teeth clenching and grinding, we recommend you stick to soft food. Other ways to address bruxism may include physiotherapy, massage therapy, neuromuscular treatments, and anti-inflammatory medications.

Book an Appointment Today

If you suspect you’re a teeth grinder, we’d love to meet with you and help you understand how it could affect your oral health. To learn more or book an appointment, contact Nepean Dental today.

Any invasive or surgical procedure may carry risks. Before moving forward, it is recommended that you seek a second opinion from an appropriately licensed medical professional.


Teeth Grinding Treatment Cheltenham VIC | (03) 9583 8988