Grinding, clenching, and bruxism are all terms used to describe the involuntary and excessive grinding or clenching of teeth. However, there are some differences between them. Grinding is the act of rubbing teeth together, usually during sleep, and can cause damage to the teeth and jaw joint over time. Clenching is the act of tightening the jaw muscles and holding the teeth tightly together, often during times of stress. Bruxism is a combination of grinding and clenching.
Our Treatment Options For Grinding, Clenching And Bruxism
At The CDE, we offer various treatment options for grinding, clenching, and bruxism depending on the severity and origin of the problem. We believe that a comprehensive approach is necessary to address the underlying cause of the condition and prevent further damage to the teeth and jaw.
Possible treatment methods include the use of a custom-made nightguard or splint, which can help to protect the teeth and jaw from further damage. We may also recommend lifestyle changes such as stress management techniques or relaxation exercises to help reduce the frequency and intensity of grinding and clenching. It is important to note that every patient is unique, and treatment plans will vary depending on individual circumstances. We typically recommend an initial consultation to assess the severity of the condition and develop a personalized treatment plan.
If you are experiencing symptoms of grinding, clenching, or bruxism, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with us to discuss your options for treatment. If the problem of grinding, clenching, or bruxism is originating from a malocclusion, we may recommend orthodontic treatment to correct the alignment of the teeth and jaws. This can help to alleviate the symptoms of grinding and clenching and prevent further damage to the teeth and jaw.
In addition to orthodontics, we may also recommend the use of botulinum toxin injections to treat the symptoms of grinding and clenching. Botulinum toxin can be injected into the masseter muscles or temporalis muscles to help reduce their activity and relieve tension. This can be particularly helpful for patients who experience tension headaches as a result of grinding and clenching.
It is important to note that botulinum toxin injections are not a cure for grinding and clenching, but rather a treatment for the symptoms. We typically recommend a comprehensive approach that includes lifestyle changes, oral appliances, and/or orthodontic treatment to address the underlying cause of the condition.
As with any treatment, the best course of action will depend on the individual patient’s needs and circumstances. We always recommend a thorough consultation to assess the severity of the condition and determine the most appropriate treatment plan for each patient.