Has your dentist ever mentioned the term bruxism to you? They may have said it in passing or as something to watch out for, but if you regularly wake up with a sore jaw, you may be suffering from it without even knowing. Bruxism is when you clench your jaw, grind your teeth, or sometimes both. This is often done when you are asleep, but it can also happen during the day without you even noticing it at first.
Common Treatments for BruxismThere are three common treatments when we see evidence of bruxism in your mouth. First, we can fit you for a mouth guard that you wear when you are clenching and grinding, either awake or when asleep. It protects your teeth from the excess pressure and keeps them safer from the damage that can come from these activities.
Second, we can use an oral appliance to correct the clenching or grinding of your teeth as you sleep.
Third we can use Botox to relax your clenching muscles for a period of time, up to three months, with a series of treatments. Botox can retrain your muscles to relax and you will notice your symptoms resolve for longer periods of time.
All of these treatments can help decrease the damage bruxism can cause. If you want to find out more about bruxism, speak with us the next time you are in the office for an examination. We can look for evidence of it in your mouth, and talk to you about specific treatments that can help you.