Occlusional Dentistry

Many people grind their teeth during sleep, and this subconscious activity can have a dramatic impact on your oral and overall health

This nocturnal teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) can in some cases lead to a misalignment of your jaw and the development of TMJ syndrome. TMJ is among many problems that can be caused by bruxism, and these include:

  • Extreme wear of teeth
  • Jaw muscle discomfort
  • Clicking joints
  • Tension migraines
  • “Lock jaw”
  • Sensitivity and toothache
  • Gum recession
  • Chipped teeth
  • Facial pain
  • Chronic pain
  • Broken fillings

The causes of tooth grinding or “bruxism” are complex and often related to the “bite”, stress or breathing difficulties.

At Geoff Ross Dental located in Melbourne, we have a range of treatment options for nocturnal bruxism and TMJ

These may include:

  • Bite adjustment
  • Wearing a splint or “grinding guard” at night. This is highly effective and relieves muscular discomfort and pain.
  • Further rebuilding of worn teeth as required.
  • Physiotherapy
  • Stress management
  • Medication

In extreme cases, surgery may also be an option to restore your jaw to proper alignment.