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Bruxism may not always need treatment but it should be evaluated by a dental professional; this is especially the case for children, who may grow out of this condition. When bruxism is severe, or when it results in jaw pain, joint problems, and worn enamel, treatment may be necessary. Treatment may include splints, mouth guards, overlays or crowns on misaligned teeth, behavior therapy, alternative therapies, counseling, and stress management. Sometimes, drugs such as Botox or muscle relaxants are used for severe cases of bruxism.
American Dental Association answered
Bruxism is a habit of grinding or clenching the teeth. Bruxism treatment depends on each individual's situation. Your dentist may recommend one or more treatments for you, such as:
- stress reduction
- a protective "night guard" worn over the teeth while sleeping
- medication for pain or muscle spasms
- fillings or other dental treatment to repair damaged teeth
Your dentist may suggest wearing a night guard while you sleep. Night guards are custom-made by your dentist from plastic or acrylic. The night guard slips over either the upper or lower teeth and prevents the teeth from touching. It protects teeth and helps keep them from wearing down.
Steven Bender, DDS, Dentistry, answered
Sleep bruxism can be treated by various methods depending on the severity and effects. In many cases, an oral appliance can be made by a dentist to protect the teeth. In some cases medications have been found effective in reducing sleep bruxism. Daytime clenching is a habit that can be changed via behavior modification techniques.