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Night grinding is NOT a dental disorder

Tuesday, February 03, 2015 by Malisano Dental

People often connect grinding or clenching of teeth while asleep (Sleep Bruxism) as a dental disorder.
In actual fact, it is regarded as a sleep related movement disorder or one type of sleep disorder.

Worn uneven teeth, history of cracked fillings or teeth, generalized gum recession, chipped teeth and clicking jaw join are signs you may have sleep bruxism. The breakdown of the teeth and jaws are the result of a sleep bruxism, a sleep disorder.

Not all people make grinding noises while sleeping. There are those who clench their teeth tooth while asleep and this is a more serious form of bruxism. It is referred to as “ the silent disease”.

Sleep disorders affect up to 30% of Australians.
Lack of restful undisturbed sleep definitely impacts on the quality of life and life expectancy.

If not treated, it can lead to potentially devastating health diseases such as cardiovascular, heart attacks, diabetes and neurological diseases.
Good undisturbed sleep is essential for physical and mental restoration.

Dentists have the opportunity to assess and examine the airway of every patient they see.
The Dentist’s role is:
1. To recognize the signs of sleep bruxism and to manage it appropriately.
2. To optimise the physiology and provide support for the airway when the patient is asleep.
3. To construct an oral night appliance( not night splints) that suits the patient's needs.
The dentist will liaise with your GP because general health issues are best managed by your GP.

This is especially significant for those dentists with specific training in treating TemporoMandibular Joint Disorders, such as Dr Malisano.

Dr Malisano will determine if you have bruxism and will provide you with the appropriate professional care that you deserve- improved conditions for general health and for dental health. 

 



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Dr. Leanne Malisano is one of the most experienced cosmetic dental surgeons in Australia. A special interest in Jaw Joint Therapy, Sleep Apnea, Smile Makeovers and Dental Implants.

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