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Teeth Grinding

“Bruxism is the medical term for grinding your teeth or clenching your jaw. The continual grinding of your teeth can result in real problems, sometimes meaning that eventually, you may have to have them removed or replaced because of the harm you have inadvertently caused.

It affects up to 80% of the population, the grinding of teeth and clenching of the jaw can cause tooth wear, breakages, pain, limited movement of the jaw joint (temporomandibular joint disorder), migraines and headaches. Most common in adults over 25 years old, the cause is not fully understood, though symptoms often worsen during stressful periods.

Why do people grind their teeth?

Bruxism can be caused by a wide range of factors, including:

  • Stress and anxiety

  • Missing teeth, or teeth which aren’t in the right position

  • Medications, such as a certain group of antidepressants

  • Sleep disorders like sleep apnoea or sleep paralysis

  • Medical conditions including Parkinson’s, dementia, reflux and epilepsy

  • Smoking, alcohol or recreational drugs

  • Bruxism which runs in the family

Bruxism causes pain, sensitivity or stiffness if you do it longer enough.It can seriously affect the appearance and health of your teeth or jaw in the long run.

Short-term effects of bruxism

  • Headaches and migraines  
  • Facial myalgia (aching jaw & facial muscles – often diagnosed as Atypical Facial Pain)
  • Earache, tinnitus and sinus pains
  • Stiff neck and shoulders
  • Limited mouth opening
  • Poor sleep quality
  • Sleep disturbance of bed partner due to noise
  • Tooth mobility and tooth wear
  • Fractured tooth cusps and broken fillings
  • Receding and inflamed gums
  • Tongue scalloping

Long-term effects of bruxism

  • Prolonged untreated migraines
  • Excessive facial muscle tone
  • Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (sometimes called TMJD or just TMJ)
  • Clicking or popping jaw joint
  • Tooth wear and tooth loss


Looking for a dentist to help you with teeth grinding? Our friendly, helpful dentists could help to diagnose and treat your bruxism.The best way to deal with tooth grinding is to get help from a qualified dental expert who can examine your teeth and make suggestions based on your requirements.
To book an appointment, simply phone us on (03) 5332 3043

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