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Bruxism Treatment

Bruxism, also known medically as teeth grinding, is caused by triggering factors such as stress, anxiety, anger, insomnia, and sleep apnea. Certain habits like alcohol consumption, caffeine intake, or smoking can also increase the risk of teeth grinding. It typically occurs during nighttime sleep, but in some individuals, it may also occur during the day.

Since stress is a major trigger for teeth grinding, stress management should be the primary focus of treatment. If the cause is dental abnormalities, your dentist at Clinic EGO may recommend suitable treatment options to correct your dental structure. For example, fillings, crowns, or orthodontic treatment might be needed to achieve a proper bite.

Yes, it can occur in children. It is often temporary and may be observed during the period of losing baby teeth or when permanent teeth are erupting.

It can be treated with the use of appropriate protective appliances or splints. Additionally, stress management techniques and maintaining a healthy sleep routine can also be helpful.

You can seek help from a “maxillofacial surgeon” or an “orthodontist.”

Medications are rarely used. Muscle relaxants prescribed to relax jaw muscles and reduce teeth grinding symptoms are some examples of medications that might be used.

Some physical therapy methods such as warm compresses or jaw massages can be tried to relax the clenched jaw muscles. Your healthcare provider or physical therapist can recommend suitable methods for you.

Yes, it can be used. Botox injections can temporarily relax jaw muscles and help reduce Bruxism symptoms. However, it should be considered only in specific cases and suitable candidates.

Untreated Bruxism can lead to problems like teeth wear, cracks, fractures, and erosion of tooth surfaces due to excessive force on the teeth. It can also disrupt the normal functioning of jaw muscles and the jaw joint, leading to difficulties in chewing, limited jaw movements, and jaw opening-closing problems.

The likelihood of recurrence varies depending on the individual’s condition and adherence to treatment. While symptoms may completely disappear in some patients, they may occasionally recur in others. Regular check-ups and follow-up can help control symptoms and prevent recurrence.