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What Types of Treatment Available for Bruxism?

Updated on February 11, 2010

Different Types of Treatment for Bruxism

 Bruxism is an oral condition in which people grind or clench their teeth.   In mild cases, most people will not require any treatment.    However, treatment may be necessary to prevent further damage in extreme cases.   Some of the symptoms from bruxism are headaches, depression, and jaw pain.   Currently, no one knows what causes bruxism but stress can be a factor.  Mouth guards, Botox, and biofeedback devices are some of the forms of treatment for bruxism that are currently being used by physicians.

 One of the different forms of treatment for bruxism is a mouth guard.  It should be placed in the mouth every night to prevent the person from grinding their upper and lower teeth.   It can be custom made by a dentist or purchased at a local store.  The cost of custom made mouth guards can cost up to $500.  While mouth guards do not cure bruxism, they are good for preventing more damage.

 Botox is another one of the different forms of treatment for bruxism.  When Botox is injected in the jaw muscles, it weakens these muscles in order to prevent the person from grinding their teeth.  In order to be effective, an injection should be given in each jaw muscle.  It should be repeated by a physician every three months.   These treatment are expensive but may be covered under your health insurance.

 Biofeedback devices are another method that is used to treat bruxism.  When these devices were first created, they were battery-powered headbands that were place on a person’s head during sleeping and sounded an alarm when the person began to tighten their jaw.  Other types of biofeedback devices have been developed over the years.  The recent invention requires a person to breath out of their mouth when they begin to clench their teeth.  There have been some success stories with the use of the method for many people.

 Each treatment for bruxism should reduce some of the pain and discomfort a person is experiencing if the treatment is used or done properly.   It is recommended that the person try to determine the cause of the bruxism as well.  If the cause is stress related, then relaxation and meditation techniques may be useful to practice each night before bedtime.  A person may need to visit a physician if they continue to have severe pain and problems from bruxism to discuss whether they should have surgery or not.

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      Stephen Brooks 7 years ago

      Hello,

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