Grinding or clenching of teeth happens to be one of the dental disorders that people suffer. While occasional grinding of teeth doesn’t cause severe harm, frequent grinding of your teeth surely does. If this problem lasts for a long time, it damages your teeth and leads to other oral health complications.
What is Teeth Grinding?
Also known as bruxism, teeth grinding is the conscious or subconscious clenching or grinding of your teeth. The problem is common among children, and around 20-30 percent of them suffer from it. Bruxism mostly occurs while you are asleep. Sometimes, grinding of teeth also takes place during the day when you feel anxious. If your child suffers from this problem, it is best advised to bring them to our dental clinic for a check-up, examination, and treatment.
Is Teeth Grinding Harmful?
Chronic teeth grinding results in many other dental concerns, such as loosening of your teeth, fracturing, and even loss of teeth. This habit also wears down your teeth to stumps, and when events like this happen, crowns, bridges, root canals, partial dentures, implants, etc., may be recommended.
How is Teeth Grinding Treated?
Upon a visit to our dental clinic, our dentist will examine your condition and suggest wearing night guards to get rid of bruxism. These devices are retainer-like instruments that you must wear overnight to prevent the damage otherwise caused to your jawbone and teeth. Our dentist may also suggest the following approaches if wearing a mouthguard doesn’t solve your problem:
You may be given muscle relaxers to relax your jaw and stop grinding your teeth at night. In some cases, you may be given antidepressants as one of the primary causes of bruxism happens to be stress or anxiety. But do not take these medicines if not prescribed by us.
We may perform a few dental procedures on your mouth. Botox injections are commonly used to paralyze the muscles of your jaw temporarily. Many studies have claimed it to be an effective treatment to address the unwanted grinding of your teeth.
Apart from giving you medication, our dentist may also include some behavioral strategies in your treatment. Some of these therapies include relaxation training and stress management. We may use biofeedback to monitor muscle tension and to demonstrate further the relaxing effects of the stretches and calming techniques on your neck, head, and jaw.
Please reach out to our dental practice in West Jordan, UT, to have a consultation with our dentist, Dr. Gardois. Please call us at (801) 871-5820 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.