22 August 2020

Why you might be grinding your teeth

Grinding saves lives.
That's right, your read that right. So why is your dentist always trying to stop it?
If you’re dealing with sleep apnea or a some form of sleep disordered breathing, then grinding is one way your body can force you to breathe again when your airway becomes blocked during sleep. The movement of the jaw, to try and open your airway is forcing you to breath, but also grinds your teeth in the process.

So what’s wrong with it?

Unfortunately, it comes at a cost.

Grinding can wear your teeth down to stumps, cause fractures, and even tooth loss — a sure way to end up with dentures or implants too early in your life,

Over time, the tension from grinding can even affect your jaws to the point of changing the appearance of your face.

In fact, waking up with soreness or pain in your jaw muscles is a strong indicator you might be grinding at night — along with a jaw that clicks, increased tooth sensitivity, and morning headaches.

That's why at Heidelberg Dentist we take grinding very seriously. From tracking the tooth wear with photos, intraoral scans, and offering free sleep studies to see the underlying cause of your grinding.
From there we can offer a variety of treatments depending on your customised needs, and budget.


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