Bruxism/Teeth Grinding Treatment
How does the dentist protect your teeth against bruxism?
Our dentist will create a customized mouth night guard for tooth and enamel protection. Impressions will be taken and sent to our lab. In one to two weeks your night guard will be ready.
How does the dentist help treat bruxism?
Neuromuscular and orthopedic dental treatment involves relaxing the muscles to their habitual state. We use a TENS unit (Transcutaneous Electrical Neural Stimulation), similar to those used in physical therapy practices. The TENS unit is used to deliver gentle electronic stimulation to your muscles. After about 45-60 minutes, this electrically induced ‘exercise will allow your muscles to overcome their programming. Once your muscles are relaxed, the Dentist will confirm and record the relaxed position of your jaw through a process called bite registration. Bite Registration is done by placing a fast setting putty-like material between your teeth, then guiding the jaw to the desired position.
The Dentist will then make a custom orthotic to reposition your jaw into a more physiologic resting position. This initial phase is completely reversible and allows us to stabilize your new, more harmonious bite. Once an acceptable comfort level has been reached, a decision on long-term options can be made. Your orthotic is removable, but is meant to be worn full time as your muscles become “deprogrammed”.
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