Teeth Grinding can be mild or serious. The treatment of bruxism or teeth grinding varies depending on its cause. Here are some of the common causes and the treatments to stop teeth grinding under such circumstances.
- Stress – Stress is one of the common causes that lead to teeth grinding or bruxism. If your problem is also stress-related then it is advisable that you contact your dentist or physician. He may recommend psychotherapy, professional counseling, biofeedback exercises or other strategies to help you de-stress and relax. Your physician also may prescribe some muscle relaxant medications to ease the spasm in your clenched and overworked jaw temporarily. If the conventional therapy does not help then your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon who may inject botulinum toxin directly into your jaw muscles to temporaraily relieve you of the problem.
- Neuromuscular illness or brain injury - Bruxism may be especially hard to treat if you have a brain injury or any kind of neuromuscular illness. At the most, your oral surgeon may give you injections of botulinum toxin if more conservative treatments fail.
- Dental problems – Many times bruxism is caused due to dental problems. Under such circumstances, your dentist may treat it with occlusal therapy. In case of severe dental disorder, your dentist may need to use onlays or crowns to completely reshape the biting surfaces of your teeth.
- Medication - In case you develop teeth grinding problem as a side effect of antidepressant medications then consult your doctor. You can either switch to a different drug or use another medication to counteract your bruxism.