What Causes Bruxism?
The main factors behind teeth grinding are not known. Stress, injury, and sleep apnea are believed to be contributing factors, though bite issues are also cited as catalysts for teeth grinding in Concord, CA. There are several ways you can change your behavior to avoid this condition, including: eliminating caffeine and alcohol from your diet, breaking the habit of chewing on anything that is not food, training your jaw muscles to relax by repositioning your tongue when you feel that you are clenching your teeth together
Treatments to Alleviate Bruxism
Dr. Darryl will first recommend non-invasive therapies, such as warm compresses, muscle stretches, and anti-inflammatory medications to alleviate swelling. Temporary soft food diets can also give the jaw muscles some much needed rest.
For more persistent cases, a nightguard may be the most effective treatment for bruxism. Nightguards are custom mouth guards made of soft rubber or hard acrylic that can be worn while you sleep. A nightguard provides an obstacle that prevents your upper and lower teeth from contacting each other.
To prevent bruxism from damaging your teeth and jaw, contact our office to schedule your one-on-one consultation with Dr. Darryl Burke. We can help you save your teeth and provide relief from the effects of teeth grinding.