Clenching and grinding usually occurs during sleep. This can be a very painful and damaging habit over time that can cause your teeth to wear down, break, feel more sensitive and even lead to receding gums.
One common reason is stress. The more stress you have, the more your body tends to subconsciously take over dealing with it. A misaligned bite or malocclusion as it's called, might also be the culprit for clenching and grinding.
At Canyon Dental & Laser Skin Care our Doctors and team members will fit you with a night guard to help reduce the impact clenching has on your teeth. This piece of plastic, which is customized to your mouth, creates a kind of buffer zone for your teeth, covering them and keeping them from coming together, causing further damage when you grind or clench.
Botox Therapeutic is another treatment option and can provide dramatic relief. Injections are placed into the tender trigger points around the TMJ and results often last 3-4 months.cs