Your dentist will work with you to develop a treatment plan for bruxism and TMJ disorders. It may begin with some behavior and lifestyle changes such as switching over to a soft foods diet for four to six weeks to relieve stress on your jaws. You may be directed to take anti-inflammatory medications to help with pain, swelling, and inflammation of the TMJ. Your dentist may also show you how to perform some jaw strengthening and stress reduction exercises to relieve your symptoms.
If you have bruxism or suspect that you have TMJ, Acadian Family Dental is a trusted name among the Houston, TX, community, and we’re ready to help.
Medications & Exercises
One of the first lines of defense against tooth grinding and TMJ disorders is jaw strengthening exercises. Our dentists can show you how to exercise your jaw muscles, and we may prescribe muscle relaxants for you to take at bedtime to reduce clenching and grinding. We also recommend stress reduction such as meditation and listening to relaxing music before going to bed.
Night Guard Dental Appliances
Another viable option is to be fitted for a custom-made night guard to help protect your teeth from damage caused by grinding and TMJ. A mold of your mouth will be created and sent to a dental lab where lab technicians will make an acrylic mold that fits onto your upper teeth. You can wear the night guard while you sleep to protect your teeth from getting worn, chipped or cracked.