Highland Park, MN TMJ Dentistry Explains Different Treatments Available for Teeth Grinding

Written by Drs. Mark and Rachel Malterud on Feb 12, 2013

When addressing chronic dental grinding for our patients the Highland Park, MN TMJ Dentistry office provides various potential options for treatment. We want to help you find the most effective method that is suitable for your specific needs, providing a long-term solution to chronic dental grinding (bruxism) and jaw clenching.

Cost Saving Options

We know that our patients are looking for the best solution to their problem that is also the most cost effective and fits their budget. When treating tooth grinding or clenching, patients may only be concerned with the bottom line. This is certainly understandable, but you really also need to consider the quality of the results achieved at Highland Park, MN TMJ Dentistry versus those of store-bought remedies. Here are some things to keep in mind before purchasing mouth guards from your local pharmacy or supermarket.

  • Since mouth guards purchased over the counter are not custom-fit, they often slip and shift during the night. Unfortunately this may cause more problems than it solves.
  • Mouth guards purchased from your local pharmacy are just not very durable. If you persistently grind your teeth you will likely need to replace the mouth guard frequently.
  • Mouth guards only reduce the symptoms of bruxism. They do not cure it.

Effective Alternatives The most effective treatment for you might include a custom appliance, stress relief, dental restorations, or some combination of these treatments. Whichever option we decide best suits your needs it will prevent any further damage to your teeth due to grinding or clenching. It will also gradually train you to be aware of the habit. This in turn will decrease your tendency to do so. The goal is to eventually eliminate the problem causing your bruxism. In the long-term the best solution is one that solves the underlying problem and doesn’t just reduce symptoms.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of teeth grinding (bruxing) or jaw clenching, please contact our office. We will schedule a consultation to discuss your situation and the best treatment options for you.