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Release the Tightness and Relieve the Pain

Those suffering from teeth grinding or teeth clenching understand how it can affect quality of life on a daily basis. Headaches, jaw pain, sleep issues, and dental problems are just a few of the unpleasant symptoms. Known medically as bruxism, there are safe and effective ways to treat this condition that will relieve pain and provide comfort. At Greenberg Orthodontics we strive to deliver the best treatment for bruxism Pasadena has to offer.

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Teeth Grinding Treatment at Greenberg Orthodontics

At Greenberg Orthodontics, Dr. Greenberg and the entire team are committed to offering the most innovative solutions available to treat a wide variety of dental, orofacial pain, and airway issues. Patients seeking teeth grinding treatment in Pasadena, can be confident they will receive high-quality, expertly customized care in our well-appointed facility.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding or clenching, which is essentially repeated action of the jaw muscle. For diagnosis and treatment, bruxism is usually separated into grinding and clenching that occurs while awake versus asleep. Both can cause a wide variety of symptoms, including pain and dental problems.

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Awake Bruxism

This type of bruxism occurs during waking hours and can be connected to stress or negative emotions. In many cases, daytime bruxism can be treated with behavioral modifications since there are ways to work on noticing and stopping grinding and clenching while you are awake. In some cases, more vigorous treatments might be needed in addition to stress relief strategies.

Sleep Bruxism

Sleep Bruxism happens while you are asleep and is more difficult or impossible to treat with self-regulation. In most cases, when symptoms are significant, medical or dental intervention can help address sleep bruxism. It is often diagnosed based on tooth wear, waking with headaches, or a sleep partner noticing the grinding.

What causes bruxism?

There are many risk factors for bruxism, so it can be difficult to determine the exact cause. There may even be multiple contributing factors in some patients. Family history of bruxism can also be a component. Many of our Pasadena bruxism patients have either awake or sleep bruxism caused by:

  • Anxiety and stress
  • Sleep apnea
  • Snoring without sleep apnea
  • Caffeine, alcohol, or tobacco use
  • Certain medications like SSRIs
  • Use of illegal drugs
  • An assortment of conditions, including ADHD, GERD, and dementia, can all be associated with both daytime and nighttime bruxism

Bruxism Symptoms

Symptoms of teeth grinding and clenching vary from patient to patient but can include issues such as:

  • Jaw or facial pain
  • TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular disorder)
  • Neck or shoulder pain
  • Worn or cracked teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Headaches during the day or upon waking
  • Earaches
  • Poor sleep quality
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Treatment for Bruxism

The most important part of receiving treatment for bruxism, or teeth grinding, is ensuring that you are receiving treatment that is totally tailored to you. Every case is different, but for many, especially those with long-term and more serious symptoms, releasing the tightness in the jaw is particularly effective.

Release and Settle Therapy

This treatment is designed to first release pressure in your lower jaw and relieve pain within a few weeks after treatment. It also works to settle your resting jaw position into a more natural and healthy position.

SmileLase Therapy

The goal of this therapy is to ease or eliminate the pain caused by bruxism. The technique is performed by strategically releasing muscle and fascia connections in the mouth and face. This can increase blood flow in critical areas, improve lymphatic drainage, and also retrain your neural pathways after clenching, grinding, and ongoing poor bite quality.

Why Greenberg?

With over 25 years of experience, board-certified orthodontist Dr. Vickie Greenberg is passionate about helping her patients achieve less pain and better quality of life in the least invasive ways possible. She believes in ongoing education and research and is connected to multiple dental, orofacial pain, and sleep medicine organizations.

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Schedule Your Pasadena Teeth Grinding Consultation at Greenberg Orthodontics Today

Contact us today to learn more about easing your teeth grinding at (626) 798-7645 or schedule online!

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