Bruxism, or teeth grinding, is a condition that can have serious consequences for oral health if left untreated. The grinding and clenching of teeth can cause tooth sensitivity, tooth wear, jaw pain, and even tooth fractures. Fortunately, there are treatments available to alleviate the symptoms of bruxism and protect the teeth.
One of the most common treatments for bruxism is the use of a nightguard. A nightguard is a custom-made appliance that fits over the teeth and provides a protective barrier between the upper and lower teeth. This can help to reduce the amount of pressure placed on the teeth and prevent damage caused by grinding.
In addition to using a nightguard, there are several other treatments that may be recommended to treat bruxism. These may include relaxation techniques, such as yoga or meditation, to reduce stress levels, which can contribute to teeth grinding. Physical therapy or massage may also be recommended to alleviate muscle tension and pain in the jaw and neck.
If tooth damage has already occurred as a result of bruxism, restorative dental treatments such as dental bonding or crowns may be necessary to repair the teeth. In severe cases, orthodontic treatment may be recommended to realign the teeth and prevent further damage.
It’s important to seek treatment for bruxism as soon as possible to prevent further damage to the teeth and surrounding tissues. If you suspect you may be grinding your teeth at night or during the day, speak with your dentist or dental professional about treatment options that can help protect your teeth and improve your overall oral health.