Tooth grinding and headache therapy
Tooth clenching and grinding (bruxism) can cause chronic jaw pain, headaches and tooth wear. It often occurs at night when you are unable to control the habit, as it is a subconscious activity.
Over a lifetime, our jaws are subjected to repeated stresses and strains from everyday chewing, talking, teeth grinding and habitual clenching. These stresses are collectively known as Bruxism and are frequently just a symptom of physical or emotional stress. In some cases, this can result in badly chipped or worn teeth, chronic jaw pain, or even long-term damage to the jaw joint. At Fremantle Dental Care, we can help you solve this problem by providing a custom bite splint that will prevent premature destruction of your teeth and relieve the stress on your jaw.
If bite splints only provide limited improvement to the symptoms, you can receive Botulinum Toxin injections into your clenching muscles. This can temporarily break the clenching cycle for up to six months and provide much needed pain relief. Dr Thinus Koen leads our practice in this advanced area of jaw clenching management and has been highly successful in treating patients who suffer this stressful condition.