Almost all humans grind the teeth or clench the jaw to manage stress. Bruxism is defined by chronic tooth grinding or clenching, day or night. Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorder, and can cause significant damage to the patient.
Typically, the front 6 upper and lower teeth grind against each other laterally. This movement puts strain on the medial pterygoid muscles and the temporomandibular joints. Bruxism is associated with chronic stress or anxiety, depression, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Why Treat Bruxism?
Slowly, bruxism wears down the teeth and strains the muscles, causing:
- Gum recession
- Tooth loss
- Tooth fractures
- Myofascial pain
To avoid the consequences and pains of bruxism, it is important to seek treatment with a professional. Your Las Vegas dentist and his team of specialists can help you break a subconscious bruxism habit and protect your teeth.
Treatment Options for Bruxism in Las Vegas
There is no single guaranteed cure for bruxism, but your dentist and his team have successfully reduced its effects for hundreds of patients.
We most often provide customized mouth guards to patients who grind their teeth. We will take impressions of your teeth and design an acrylic mouthguard for grinding teeth, that you can wear comfortably during sleep. The specialized mouthguard for grinding teeth minimizes the abrasive action of the tooth surfaces during sleep, benefiting the patient in the following ways:
- Preventing damage to the teeth
- Protecting the temporomandibular joint
- Stabilizing the occlusion
Other common treatment options include the NTI-tss device and Botox. The NTI-tss device covers the front teeth and prevents the grinding of the rear molars by limiting contraction of the temporalis muscle. Botox is injected into the muscles to freeze them, allowing them to relax and preventing teeth grinding.
We may also suggest managing your bruxism at home with the following strategies:
- Reducing stress
- Getting more sleep
- Drinking more water
- Avoiding chewing gum and hard-to-chew foods
- Physical therapy
- Doing exercises to relax the jaw
- Taking prescription muscle relaxants
- Consciously relaxing the face throughout the day
If you have noticed tooth wear, headaches, or facial pain, contact your Las Vegas dentist today. We will schedule a consultation and help you determine if bruxism treatment is the right course of action for you.