The best bruxism treatment depends on the type of bruxism you have.
For awake bruxism, the best treatment is often psychological. Try to reduce your stress, anger, and other emotions that lead to teeth clenching. If you clench your teeth when working or concentrating, use reminders to help yourself check whether you’re bruxing and stop yourself. Of course, these are all easier said than done. Successful treatment of awake bruxism often relies on assistance from a therapist or counselor. If therapy doesn’t stop your bruxism, a bite guard can reduce or eliminate damage to your teeth.
For night bruxism, you should start by getting a sleep test for sleep apnea. If you have sleep apnea, look for treatments that can address both conditions. If you don’t have sleep apnea, a sturdy mouthguard will protect your teeth from damage.
For both types of bruxism, a Minneapolis neuromuscular dentist can help determine whether TMJ contributes to your condition, or if it’s developed as a result of your teeth clenching. TMJ treatment can help eliminate secondary symptoms like jaw pain, headaches, and more.
If bruxism damaged your teeth, restorative dentistry can help you regain your healthy, attractive smile. A Minneapolis restorative dentist can build up damaged teeth using dental crowns or porcelain veneers. They can use orthodontics to straighten teeth that drifted out of place. In the case where teeth are too damaged to restore, an implant dentist can replace them.