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What Is Bruxism and How Is It Treated?

Do you wake up in the morning with a headache or sore jaw or have noticed that your teeth look worn down? You might be suffering from bruxism. Otherwise known as teeth grinding and clenching, bruxism generally occurs at night when you’re sleeping, which is why many patients don’t realize they have this condition.

Without treatment, you run the risk of developing problems with your temporomandibular joints and muscles, as well as worn or broken teeth. If you have any of the following symptoms, be sure to tell your dentist so you can find relief:

  • Headaches
  • Jaw pain
  • Earaches
  • Worn teeth
  • Damaged teeth
  • Sensitive teeth

Treatment for Bruxism

Thankfully, bruxism can be treated with noninvasive measures so you can enjoy a more comfortable and healthy life. In most cases, these treatments can alleviate symptoms without the need for invasive surgery.

Mouth Guard

A mouth guard for bruxism is worn at night just like a retainer. However, this appliance is made from incredibly durable plastic and customized to your mouth. Bruxism mouth guards keep the teeth from touching and help the jaw, joints, and muscles remain in a more relaxed and balanced position.

BOTOX®

Growing in popularity, BOTOX can be a successful treatment if bruxism is associated with TMJ disorder. When used cosmetically, BOTOX temporarily paralyzes facial muscles to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Functionally, this treatment reduces the movement of the TM joints, allowing the jaw and muscles to rest, generally alleviating bruxism symptoms as well.

Occlusal Adjustment

Teeth grinding and clenching can be the result of a misaligned bite. An occlusal adjustment removes portions of enamel from teeth so that they come together properly. With an aligned bite, the jaw muscles and joints can relax, eliminating bruxism.

Orthodontics

For more serious cases of malocclusion that are causing bruxism, orthodontics may be the answer. Orthodontic treatment, whether traditional metal braces or clear aligners like Invisalign®, repositions the teeth with each other and top to bottom. Creating harmony in the bite reduces strain put on the jaw joints and muscles, reducing or eradicating bruxism.

Schedule your appointment

Ready to have your bruxism treated? Schedule your appointment with a local dentist today.

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