If you’re exhibiting symptoms of bruxism, it’s best to contact our team here at Timberhill Dental right away. Dr. Black or Dr. Hickson will examine your teeth and jaw, and work with you to identify the possible cause of your bruxism, plus recommend a treatment plan just for you, which might include:
If the root of your bruxism stems from stress or anxiety, there are a few techniques you can implement into your daily life to help ease the effects and breathe a little easier. Consider trying:
- Practicing yoga or meditation
- Relaxation techniques
- Exercises to relax your jaw
- Neck and head massages
- Talking with a licensed therapist
Also referred to as night guards, mouthguards are one of the most common treatments for bruxism. They are often made from a hard acrylic or a soft plastic, and custom molded to fit over your top or bottom teeth.
Mouthguards hold your jaw in a certain position, discouraging you from clenching and grinding it while asleep. It also acts as a barrier between the top and bottom teeth, protecting the teeth and jaw from the full force of teeth grinding.
You may see some “boil and bite” or other over-the-counter options when it comes to mouthguards — however, we don’t recommend these. They run the risk of not fitting correctly and misaligning your jaw while you sleep, which may make bruxism worse. They also become easily breakable over time.
If you are experiencing bruxism, it’s best to be fitted for a custom night guard that will help decrease the negative effects of sleep bruxism and help you get a better night’s sleep.
Other treatment options
- At home pain management – such as cold and hot compresses, over the counter pain medication like Ibuprofen, and avoiding hard or chewy foods that might irritate your teeth and jaw
- Botox – Botox is a natural muscle relaxant, and when injected into the jaw muscles — specifically the Masseter muscle, which is responsible for chewing — it can help reduce clenching and teeth grinding