At Karratha Dental Care, we can help you to overcome these grinding and clenching habits by day and night using custom-fitted bruxism mouthguards.
What causes teeth grinding and clenching?
People of all ages may grind their teeth and clench their jaws for different reasons, both physical and psychological. These actions can become habitual over time through repetition, to the point that many people continue to grind and clench in their sleep when they are not aware of it.
Children may grind their teeth due to pain or discomfort resulting from illness and allergies, while adults are more likely to experience bruxism as a result of stress and anxiety. Teeth grinding may also be caused by alignment issues such as overbite, underbite or crossbite.
Excessive teeth grinding and clenching can cause teeth to wear down and weaken, making them more prone to damage as well as damaging dental work such as crowns and fillings. Bruxism can also strain the temporomandibular joint, leading to TMJD (temporomandibular joint disorders) characterised by headaches and facial pain.
Do I need a mouthguard?
If you or someone in your family often grinds or clenches their teeth, wakes up with a headache or face pain, feels tightness or pain in the jaw muscles, or has damaged dental work such as fillings and crowns, you should schedule a visit to your dentist.
Make an appointment with our family dentists in Karratha today for a comprehensive oral health check-up and advice on custom mouthguards and other treatments.