Teeth grinding, also known as bruxism, is the clenching or gnashing of teeth that often happens during sleep. While teeth grinding is typically harmless, it can be bothersome. If left untreated, teeth grinding can result in tooth damage, headaches, and other health issues.
Signs and Symptoms of Teeth Grinding
- Pain or discomfort in or around the ear
- Discolored tooth enamel
- Tooth wear
- Tooth fractures
- Cracks in teeth
- Damaged fillings or crowns
Treatments for Teeth Grinding
A night guard is a custom-fitted plastic or acrylic appliance that fits over top of your teeth to protect them against grinding. Night guards work by either stopping the teeth from touching or by spreading the biting pressure over a larger area.
TMJ Massage Therapy
TMJ massage, also called TMJ physiotherapy, is a gentle, non-invasive technique that relaxes muscles and helps release trigger points. TMJ Massage is a massage technique that’s practiced for relaxation, to reduce pain, and to release tension in the jaw. TMJ massage is often done in conjunction with TMJ treatment like mouth guards and other appliances to help reduce muscle tension, allowing for better blood flow and relaxation of the jaw muscles.
Botox injections contain purified botulinum toxin A, which is injected directly into the muscles that work the chewing muscles. These injections are most often used to reduce or eliminate the appearance of vertical lip lines, commonly referred to as “smoker’s lines.”
Hollander Dental Associates, located in Carlsbad, CA is equipped with the best dentists and modern technologies that enable the best dental care facilities for the patients. Call us at (760) 434-2526 and schedule an appointment with the dentist to know more about dental treatments.