How to Stop Grinding Teeth

by Michael Abdoney - 05/21/2020 -Bruxism

Bruxism is a medical condition where the sufferer grinds their teeth. It can happen during sleep or when they are awake. This condition can lead to issues such as headaches, chipped or broken teeth, sore muscles, or breaking existing dental work like crowns or fillings. There are ways to stop.

Some ways to help alleviate bruxism include:

  1. Mouthguards And Splints:

    A common option for bruxism during sleep is mouthguards. They can be purchased over the counter or prescribed by a doctor. A mouthguard overnight may prevent significant damage for those who grind in their sleep. For patients who solely experience grinding during sleep, they may be referred to a medical professional whose specialty is sleep and sleep disorders. Treating any existing sleep issues may also eliminate the bruxism symptoms.

  2. Reductive Coronoplasty:

    This is a medical procedure where the biting surface of the teeth is either reshaped or leveled. It's effective for those individuals who have bruxism caused by crowding or misalignment of their teeth. Depending on the patient's situation, additive coronoplasty can be used secondarily to build up the tooth surface.

  3. Botox:

    Botox is well known for its cosmetic usage in reducing fine lines and wrinkles. It has numerous medical applications as well. One application has been treating bruxism sufferers. Botox works by inhibiting muscle activity. It's injected into the large jaw muscles called the masseter to prevent clenching and grinding. Botox has shown results, but professionals say more study is needed for this application.

  4. Biofeedback:

    This method of treatment uses electronic devices and measurement to allow patients to understand and gain control of their body's functioning. When used properly, biofeedback therapy can assist in alleviating clenching and grinding by helping patients control their jaw muscles consciously.

  5. Stress-reduction Options:

    If an individual's bruxism is a byproduct of stress, they may benefit from lifestyle changes that aid in reducing bodily and mental stress. Breathing exercises, yoga, tai chi, meditation, exercise, or talk therapy are all useful for this purpose. Which options will be most effective depends on the patient's individual goals, needs, and underlying causes of the stress in their lives.

  6. Exercises For The Jaw And Tongue:

    Another way to potentially reduce or stop teeth grinding involves working with the muscles of the jaw and tongue to help relax them. These exercises relax the muscles while also helping the patient to maintain proper jaw alignment via natural, non invasive methods. Jaw alignment and muscle control can go a long way in alleviating the problematic symptoms of this condition for those who suffer with it.

  7. Though bruxism is an uncomfortable condition that can lead to various issues, it's not hopeless. There are an array of treatment and management options available that can restore normalcy to life and reduce pain and suffering. Medical professionals can work with patients to find which treatments will be most effective depending on the causes and severity of the condition.