How To Tell If You Grind Your Teeth At Night, According To Experts


Grinding your teeth can definitely exacerbate temporomandibular disorders (TMD), which affect the jaw and result in chronic facial pain. These symptoms include pain, clicking, popping, and restricted mouth opening, says Field. “For patients who’ve been grinding for years, the muscle that allows them to close their jaw [becomes] big and bulky because they’ve been using it and overusing it all these years,” says Morghem.

If your symptoms of grinding are very severe, Morghem says Botox could be one of the most helpful treatments. “Botox therapy actually stops that muscle from contracting to a degree, so [the treatment] will act as a dimmer switch and not allow that person to contract as hard as they were before.” That said, it’s a temporary fix, so she recommends getting the treatment every three to four months.

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Dr. Joseph Field, D.D.S., a Los Altos-based dentist

Dr. Sophya Morghem, D.M.D., cosmetic dentist

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