Bruxism Treatment in Armadale
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Many people suffer from bruxism without even knowing it. Tooth grinding can cause significant pain and damage, but many people don’t know where to turn for help.
Bruxism, or teeth grinding, can cause extensive damage to your teeth and gums if left untreated. If you’re experiencing any of the symptoms of bruxism, it’s essential to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Prospect Road Dental offers several effective treatments for bruxism that can relieve the pain and repair the damage caused by this condition. In addition to bruxism mouth guards or occlusal splints, we also offer orthodontic therapy and dental crowns for bruxism. If teeth grinding is affecting your life, we are here to help. You don’t have to suffer from pain caused by bruxism anymore; visit us for an examination and treatment recommendations. Our goal is to ensure that you receive the right treatment for bruxism tailored to your specific needs with the highest quality of dental care.
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Why Choose Us
Why Choose Prospect Road Dental
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Prospect Road Dental offers bruxism patients several treatment options, including custom mouth guards and dental crowns. Braces and clear aligners can also be used to correct misaligned or crooked teeth that may cause bruxism.
Our dental team is dedicated to making your bruxism treatment as comfortable and pleasant as possible. You can trust us to give you the best service and make sure that every visit goes as smoothly as possible.
Affordable dental care
Prospect Road Dental is a preferred provider for all major health funds like BUPA, CBHS, HBF, HCF, HIF, and Medibank. Furthermore, we offer flexible, no-interest payment plans to help you keep your oral health in good shape.
We are located across from the Armadale shopping centre and a short walk from the train station and bus stations. There is free parking all day for all our patients.
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Various genetic, psychological, and socio-cultural factors can contribute to bruxism. Most of the time, it comes with other things like stress, anxiety, or sleep problems.
- Stress and Anxiety: Teeth grinding is often a result of stress and anxiety. It gets worse as stress and anxiety levels rise. In most cases, the patient’s symptoms also disappear once the cause is eliminated. In some cases, frustration or anger can contribute to the development of bruxism. If you clench your teeth while awake, it can either be a coping mechanism or a habit.
- Medications: Grinding your teeth can be a side effect of certain medications. Paroxetine and sertraline are two SSRI (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor) antidepressants known to cause teeth grinding.
- Dental Malocclusion: Bruxism can be caused by misaligned teeth. No clear consensus exists, however, on whether misalignment causes the disorder. According to some, it aggravates preexisting conditions and results in malocclusion.
- Lifestyle and Habits: There are several different lifestyles and habits that can contribute to teeth grinding or exacerbate the problem. Tobacco use, excessive alcohol consumption, and the use of drugs such as cocaine and ecstasy, as well as excessive caffeine consumption, are some of the most damaging habits.
- Sleep Disorders: Those who suffer from sleep disorders such as obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more prone to sleep bruxism. OSA causes disrupted sleep and difficulty breathing during the night.
- Neurological Disorders: Bruxism is reported to be much more common in individuals who suffer from certain neurological disorders, including anoxic encephalopathy, Rett syndrome, and cerebellar hemorrhage.
- Genetics: A tendency toward bruxism is inherited and varies by neurotransmitter levels. Families may be affected by hormonal changes or gene variations caused by increased hormone levels.
At Prospect Road Dental, we offer several dental treatments for bruxism, including:
1. Custom-made Bruxism Mouth Guard: Mouth guards protect your teeth and reduce the amount of stress when you grind or clench your teeth. Your dentist will create a mould or take an impression of your teeth so that a dental technician can create a mouth guard or occlusal splint that will fit your teeth and mouth perfectly.
2. Dental Crowns: If you have damaged the surface of your teeth through grinding and clenching, you might need dental crowns. Dental crowns usually require two dental visits. Your first appointment involves an examination and preparation of your teeth. We will scrape a thin layer of enamel from your teeth and take impressions with a putty-like material or a computerised scanner. The dental impressions will be used to make your dental crowns. Once the permanent crown is ready, you will need to come back for the crown fitting.
3. Orthodontic Treatment: Clear aligners or braces can straighten your teeth and protect them from grinding at the same time. It can also reduce or eliminate jaw pain. Your dentist will take X-rays, scans, and impressions of your teeth and these information will be used to create your customised aligners or braces.
A majority of people are unaware that they grind their teeth at night. However, certain signs of bruxism may indicate that you grind your teeth at night:
- Chipped, broken, or fractured teeth
- Worn enamel, exposing the deeper layers
- Cracked fillings or crowns
- Sensitive teeth or tooth pain
- Loose teeth
- Jaw or facial pain
- Locked jaw
- Ear, neck, and shoulder pain
- Headaches or migraines
- Bleeding gums or cheeks
- Disturbed sleep
- Grinding and clenching sounds during sleep
- Waking up feeling tired even after enough sleep
Mouth guards can reduce the impact of bruxism, such as wear and tear on teeth, morning headaches, and improve sleep quality. They minimise the damage to teeth due to grinding by holding the jaw in a particular position and providing a barrier.
A custom mouth guard is tailored to fit snugly around your teeth and provide maximum protection. To create the right custom mouth guard for you, your dentist will make a professional impression of your teeth and send them to a dental lab where they will be manufactured. At your next dental appointment, your dentist will be able to make sure the night guard fits properly before you take it home. Your custom mouth guard won’t become loose, fall out, or be uncomfortable to wear.
Taking proper care of your mouth guard is essential to protect it against damage.
- Be sure to brush and floss your teeth before and after wearing your mouth guard.
- Before and after use, rinse your mouth guard with lukewarm or cool water. Do not use hot or cold water as it may warp your mouth guard. Wash it in soapy water to remove any food particles.
- Soak your mouth guard in a mixture of bleach and water, hydrogen peroxide and water, or denture cleaning tablets combined with warm tap water for 30 minutes.
- After soaking your mouth guard, let it air dry.
- If you are not using the mouth guard, store it in a clean, dry container or case with some ventilation.
- Replacement is recommended every two to three years since that’s how long custom mouth guards hold up before showing signs of wear. It is best to bring them with you when you see your dentist so they can check for signs of wear.
Custom mouth guards might be more expensive than over-the-counter mouth guards, but they are custom-made to fit your teeth for maximum protection. Additionally, talking and breathing should be easy while wearing it. A good custom mouth guard can withstand concentrated force and is tear-resistant.
Over-the-counter mouth guards do not cover enough of the teeth or gums. They may also need replacing more often than custom mouth guards because they are not as durable.
A custom-fit mouth guard or occlusal splint is the most effective treatment for bruxism since over-the-counter mouth guards are uncomfortable and hard to wear, making sleeping with them difficult.
Custom mouth guards are made from medical-grade silicone and usually take a week to prepare. During your visit, your dentist will make an impression of your teeth and send them to a dental laboratory.
To create a mouth guard, the dental technician will pour a mould into the dental impression to create a replica of your mouth. After melting and putting down a layer of acrylic over the model, they trim and smooth its contours for a comfortable fit.
Mouth guards are available in various types, and the price will depend on the type. Over-the-counter mouth guards cost $5 to $80, while custom mouth guards are more expensive, ranging from $100 to $300.