BRUXISM REPAIR JAW PAIN - HOME - D - daytime - device - diagnosis - dizziness - drugs
Treatment teeth grinding
Although generally nocturnal bruxism is responsible for the majority of teeth grinding related problems, the daytime bruxism can also play a part and be totally unconscious.
Symptoms like sore jaw or headache that evolve or worsen throughout the day are thought to be a sign that you have daytime bruxism.
A technique for seeing if you have daytime bruxism is using a timer set for 10 or 20 minutes. The idea is that each time the buzzer sounds you will be aware of the position of your teeth at that instant. You are trying to catch yourself in the act of teeth grinding.
If you catch yourself teeth clenching, take a moment to consciously return your mouth to its proper position, i.e. lips together, teeth slightly apart, tongue on the roof of your mouth touching your gums just behind your front teeth.
This method is reported to have good results in permanently correcting the daytime bruxism.
Daytime grinding is a rocking motion of the lower teeth against the upper teeth without the teeth actually making the side-to-side motion. Sleep bruxism or nighttime teeth grinding may be harder to treat than daytime bruxism because you may be unaware that you're clenching your teeth.
Bruxism diagnosis is based on the patientís dental history and a dental examination. Dentist suspect bruxism during a checkup, when the worn out condition of the teeth is spotted. Wear associated with grinding is most evident on the molars.
The examination will help the dentist to determine whether the grinding is caused by anatomical (misaligned teeth) or psychological (stress) factors.
A bruxism device called the BiteStrip is a home test for Sleep Bruxism and might help for bruxism diagnosis before damage on the teeth. The bruxism device is a miniature electromyograph machine that senses jaw muscle activity while the patient is asleep. A dentist can establish the frequency of teeth grinding, which helps in choosing a treatment.
The Polysomnography (PSG) is an overnight test that is done in a laboratory that takes continuous multiple measurements, while a patient is asleep, to document abnormalities in the sleep cycle.
On a Polysomnogram features of Bruxism are evident on the electromyographic studies of the jaw muscles. Each episode shows up as increased muscle tone of the jaw muscles with or without an accompanying arousal. Repeated arousals from sleep can lead to sleep deprivation.
Another approach for bruxism diagnosis is the BruxChecker, a comparatively non-invasive, thin, transparent, polyvinyl chloride plate, painted red. Tooth grinding leaves clear marks on this plate, as confirmation of the bruxism diagnosis.
Dizziness is often associated with bruxism because it is stress and anxiety related.
Often no treatment is necessary for teeth grinding. Many children outgrow bruxism without special treatment and many adults don't grind or clench their teeth badly enough to require therapy. However, if the bruxism is severe, treatment options include certain therapies and medications.
Bruxism drugs aren't very effective for treatment of teeth grinding. Sometimes your doctor may suggest taking a muscle relaxant before bedtime. If you develop bruxism as a side effect of an antidepressant medication, your doctor may change your medication or prescribe another medication to counteract your bruxism. OnabotulinumtoxinA (Botox) injections may help some people with severe bruxism who haven't responded to other treatments.