Treatment available for people who grind their teeth

There are many different treatment options for people who grind their teeth, the symptoms can range from mild jaw pain up to severe chronic headaches.
Anti-inflammatories can help with pain, while anti-anxiety drugs such as diazepam are effective muscle relaxants.
Osteopaths, chiropractors and psychologists all use strategies to reduce tension in the head and neck area, as well as addressing underlying mental stress.
The Bruxism Association recommends hypnotherapy, and some studies support its use. In 1991, a report in the American Journal of Clinical Hypnotherapy found it could reduce grinding noticeably, with results lasting for up to 36 months.
According to some experts injecting Botox (botulinum toxin) into the masseter muscles of the jaw is also worth trying.
The grinding itself can be prevented through use of a plastic device (called an occlusal splint), worn at night to protect teeth. If unconscious tooth-grinding occurs during the day, teaching the patient to be aware of it can break the cycle.
Here at The Courtyard Clinic our dental experts are trained in establishing the cause of your tooth grinding and in the provision of treatment to cure it and protect your precious teeth.
To find out more call Alison on 01932 582949

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