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Are You Grinding Your Teeth?

Over 20% of Americans suffer from bruxism (grinding or clenching of the teeth). However, many people are not even aware that they grind or clench their teeth until a sleeping partner hears gnashing noises at night or if their dentist observes abnormal wear of the teeth.

Some teeth grinding or clenching is normal, but frequent bruxism can cause excessive tooth wear and short-lived dental restorations. Moreover, bruxism often causes headaches, jaw or facial pain, tooth sensitivity, cracked teeth or fillings, loose teeth, and insomnia.

The cause for bruxism is not known, but stress, anxiety, sleeping disorders, or an abnormal bite can all be contributing factors.

As Los Angeles’ top TMJ specialist, Dr. Sid Solomon has considerable experience with effectively treating patients suffering from bruxism. A custom-made night guard made of plastic or acrylic may be used to prevent the teeth from touching and excessive wear of the teeth. Dr. Solomon also offers highly effective BOTOX treatments that have been shown to dramatically improve bruxism. Call (310) 475-5598 to schedule an appointment or personal consultation with Dr. Solomon to find out which treatment is best for you!

Meanwhile, some other tips from Dr. Solomon to reduce teeth grinding include…

  • Cut back on caffeine and alcohol
  • Avoid chewing gum
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Relax- especially at night before sleeping

Everybody knows about BOTOX, but what is it really and what does it do?

BOTOX is a nonsurgical treatment. The treatment consists of tiny injections into the muscles of your face to lessen their movement.

The most commonly known use of BOTOX is its cosmetic use. It is often used to effectively improve frown lines between the brows.

But, did you know that BOTOX also has therapeutic uses? Bruxism (teeth clenching or grinding) and TMJ often result in facial pain and headaches. BOTOX can immediately relieve headaches and facial pain by relaxing the jaw muscles that are normally stressed. As an additional benefit, as BOTOX relaxes the jaw muscles, the muscles will shrink and the jaw line will become more esthetically pleasing.

BOTOX can be injected into all of the following areas:

Its effects are proven to last up to 4 months. The whole process takes only 10 minutes and requires no downtime or recovery.

Call (310)475-5598 to make an appointment!