Worn Down Teeth

Tooth restoration services in Bunbury, Eaton, Australind & surrounding areas

Worn down teeth can be caused by any number of factors, including bruxism. Bruxism or teeth grinding is a common problem for many patients and can cause headaches, facial muscle soreness, and neck and shoulder pain. At FADC Dental Group, we offer treatment for this condition, which occurs unconsciously during sleep and also in times of stress. It can further result from jaw misalignment, which can also be a symptom.

Often reported by a partner and then diagnosed by a dentist, bruxism can severely damage teeth if left untended - dislodging fillings or cracking or chipping tooth enamel. As a result, tooth restoration work will then be required.

Signs and symptoms of bruxism may include:

Teeth grinding or clenching loud enough to wake your sleep partner

Teeth that have worn down, become flattened, chipped or cracked

Worn tooth enamel exposing the underlying dentine of your tooth

Increased tooth sensitivity to hot and cold

Jaw pain or tightness in your jaw muscles

Earache not caused by an infection

A dull morning headache

Facial pain

Indication of biting on the inside of your cheek

Loose teeth which may eventually fall out

    

Treatment for bruxism will alter depending on the underlying cause and may involve using relaxation techniques for your tongue, jaw and lips if caused by stress or anxiety. A night guard can also be worn to alleviate the damage caused by grinding, or on rare occasions, a muscle relaxant can be prescribed.

Other contributing factors to the premature wearing down of teeth include excessive intake of acids in either drinks or food, as well as general wear and tear through ageing.

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