Teeth Grinding or Bruxism and TMJ

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Teeth grinding (also known as Bruxism) is mostly done when a person is asleep but can also happen when awake. The underlying cause of bruxism is Anxiety and it usually stems from childhood trauma, however often the habit of teeth grin=nding or clenching started many years ago, with the original anxiety long gone, but the habit still remains.

Caffeine, alcohol, and a variety of recreational drugs have also been shown to have a substantial effect on teeth grinding. Wearing a mouth guard at night can protect the teeth and, in some cases, help to eliminate the grinding habit for others, but ultimately it is just masking the root cause and not really dealing with the problem.

Symptoms can include worn teeth, jaw ache, and tooth damage from chipping or loosening, resulting in tooth pain and sensitivity, as well as headaches, and neck aches and pains.


You may even suffer from Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMJ) or Jaw Clenching

TMJ is another common cause of extreme pain and discomfort and results in pain in the jaw joint as well as the muscles that regulate jaw movement.

The temporomandibular joint is the connection between your jaw and your skull.   There’s one in front of your ear on each side of your face. These joints allow for the necessary movements for speaking, eating, and facial expressions.

There are other reasons, besides stress, that can cause TMJ -:

  • Long term chronic grinding (bruxism) or clenching of teeth
  • Displaced disc
  • Malocclusion – teeth that don’t fit together properly
  • Acute injury to your jaw
  • Arthritis in the joint
  • Poor posture
  • Higher risk in females aged 20-40years

There is no proven “cure” for bruxism, which means your doctor can’t give you a drug or concoction that will make it go away on its own. There are steps you can do to address the underlying causes and, in some situations, to reduce the physical effects that the disease causes.

Hypnotherapy and Mind MeDiation is a logical therapeutic choice for bruxism since it is simply an unconscious habit. Your hypnotherapist can use hypnosis to resolve the root cause of bruxism by teaching you strategies to relieve stress, become calmer, and develop a more positive attitude. Hypnotherapy addresses the root of the problem rather than just the symptoms and thereby completely eliminates the teeth grinding or jaw clenching.


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