Hammaslääkäriasema Helmiäinen

Bruxism Treatment Tampere

Bruxism entails involuntary jaw clenching and teeth grinding. At Dental Center Helmiäinen, we provide a variety of treatment options for managing bruxism.

Bruxism is a common condition

Bruxism is a dental condition characterized by involuntary grinding of the teeth, clenching, and unintentional tension in the lower jaw. It can occur both during sleep (sleep bruxism) and while awake (awake bruxism).

Bruxism is quite common, though somewhat unknown and underdiagnosed. Half of the adult population in Finland grinds their teeth to some extent, and approximately one in ten suffer from pain and discomfort caused by grinding in their daily lives.

The most effective treatment for bruxism is available at a dentist’s office; diagnosing and tailoring a personalized treatment plan requires dental expertise. The masticatory system is always examined during a basic dental check-up. A dentist can diagnose bruxism if they observe signs of grinding damage in the patient’s mouth and if the patient reports symptoms indicative of bruxism.

Teeth grinding manifests in many ways

Bruxism manifests in various ways. Many people seek help only after a roommate or partner points out their nighttime grinding and clenching. Those with nocturnal bruxism may not be aware of their grinding but often experience the resulting pain, discomfort, and other symptoms.

You might be suffering from bruxism if you are familiar with the following symptoms:

– Headaches
– Neck and shoulder pain
– Pain in the muscles of mastication
– Tension, grinding, and clicking in the jaws
– Ear pain and tinnitus
– Gum recession and mouth sores

Bruxism is treatable

Bruxism can be managed in several ways. A tailored comprehensive treatment plan can effectively address bruxism and its associated issues. The goal of treatment is to repair any damage already caused and to prevent further complications.

A bite guard is almost always the primary treatment for teeth grinding. In addition to using a bite guard, other possible solutions include massaging the masticatory muscles, exercises and physical therapy for the lower jaw, balancing the teeth, medication, and botulinum injections.