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what are ways to alleviate bruxism ( teeth clenching and grinding)?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
37 years experience Family Medicine
Many ways: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. Stretching and physical therapy will most likely be prescribed.
Answered on Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Jeffrey Bassman
45 years experience Dentistry
See a TMJ/TMD Dr.: Someone may grind their teeth for a number of reasons. Often, the problem occurs because the muscles of the face and jaw are trying to get the teeth in a comfortable position. The muscles may be in spasm, you may have a tmj/tmd problem, stress, infection. Best to see a dentist asap. Often thew cause is difficult to determine, so may have to treat the symptoms with a mouthpiece.
Answered on Mar 31, 2015
Dr. Louis Gallia
45 years experience Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
A few ideas.: Bruxism Maagement (http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/2066277-overview#aw2aab6b7) Treatments include: Appliance therapy, occlusal treatment, medications, relaxation and behavioral strategies, Sleep hygiene. See a TMJ expert.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
Dr. Paul Grin
Dr. Paul Grin answered
36 years experience Pain Management
Bruxism: also called night time clenching, may cause tooth wear, and even damage or break teeth. Currently, no therapy has been proven effective in treating sleep bruxism. See your dentist for night guard fabrication for teeth protection. Good luck.
Answered on Apr 24, 2015
Dr. Daniel Rubenstein
51 years experience Dentistry
Bruxism: Bruxism is often a stress-related habit. It is also often caused by a bad bite, and it is common with sleep disorders. Treatment is dependent on the cause of the bruxism. See your dentist, or a dentist who specializes in bruxism, for an examination, diagnosis and treatment recommendation.
Answered on Apr 29, 2015
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Dr. Arnold Malerman
53 years experience Orthodontics
Semantics: I agree with Dr. Rubinstein's answer. Know, however, thither is no recognized Specialty called "Bruxism" or "TMJ" or "Grinding." Ask your Dentist for help. You may be referred to another Dentist or Dental Specialist who concentrates in this area.
Apr 24, 2015

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