Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Treatments

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Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Guide

Christine Jeffries

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Treatment

Methods of treatment include:

Behavioral or Cognitive Treatment

This method focuses on changing behavior through various techniques, such as:

Orthodontic Treatment

Your dentist may recommend a protective mouth appliance, such as a night guard, that can absorb the pressure of constant night grinding.

Medication

Medication is only recommended for short-term use. Medications may include:

  • Muscle relaxants
  • Mild sleeping aids
  • Injection of botulinum toxin (Botox) in severe cases
  • Novel medications, such as clonidine, are being explored as alternative treatments for some patients.

Bruxism that is not treated may result in gum damage, loss of natural teeth, and jaw-related disorders.

Please be aware that this information is provided to supplement the care provided by your physician. It is neither intended nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. CALL YOUR HEALTHCARE PROVIDER IMMEDIATELY IF YOU THINK YOU MAY HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY. Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health provider prior to starting any new treatment or with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Copyright © 2014 EBSCO Publishing All rights reserved.

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