Clenching and Grinding of Teeth

by | Jun 2, 2021 | General Dental

We have seen a high rate of clenching and grinding of teeth in the Withcott area. Patients as young as 16 years old are presenting with symptoms which is often an unusual bony growth at the top of the mouth or just under the tongue, like little lumps. 

These lumps are caused by clenching and grinding of teeth, often at night time whilst sleeping. Many patients who experience this are often stressed and have poor quality sleep. Drinking coffee, smoking, and alcohol such as wine can sometimes make the condition worse. 

If you notice these symptoms, please get checked to ensure that it is harmless bone growth and nothing sinister, just to be on the safe side.  The treatment that we offer is a splint (which is like a helmet on the tooth) which helps protect your teeth.

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The Child Dental Benefits Schedule (CDBS) has been introduced by the federal government to make that task a little easier if you receive benefits such as Family Tax Benefit A payments. The CDBS helps you keep your kids’ teeth in great shape by providing you with up to $1000 that you can use over a two calendar year period on a range of dental services including examinations, routine cleaning, fillings, and root canals.

You can call our clinic on 07 3185 1713 to check your child’s eligibility for CDBS.

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If you’re a veteran, and a holder of a Gold Card or White Card with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA), you are eligible to receive treatment from any dentist registered to provide services through the Medicare Benefits Scheme. At Withcott Dental, we are registered to provide services through DVA programs.

Gold Card holders will usually have all their dental treatments funded, provided the dentist establishes a clinical need for the treatment, while white card holders receive services in line with their recognised conditions. Depending on the types of treatment you need, the dentist will either be able to perform the work immediately and without approval from the DVA, or will need to seek approval from the department before proceeding.

So for instance, procedures like dental examinations, X-rays and temporary crowns can be done without delay, while some surgical work, dental implants and artificial tooth replacements known as dental prostheses will have to wait till the DVA provides approval.

The good news is that many general dental treatments don’t require approval.

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