Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Tooth Grinding Treatment

Treatment for bruxism may not be necessary. Most children outgrow bruxism, while some adults with bruxism may not experience jaw pain, headaches, or dental damage. Treatment for bruxism usually includes dental splints or dental guards, and braces or retainers for misaligned teeth. If bruxism is due to stress, then stress management and relaxation therapy may be helpful. In some cases, behavioral therapy can help train a person to position the lower jaw correctly, so that he or she does not clench the jaw.

Treatment of bruxism may include:

  • Dental splints and dental guards:
    • Plastic splints that fit into the mouth
    • Some can be custom fit to your mouth
  • Braces or retainers
  • Stress management
  • Behavioral therapy

Tooth Grinding Specialist

Physicians from the following specialties evaluate and treat bruxism:

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Last Updated: May 19, 2011 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Tooth Grinding References
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