The treatment of bruxism depends on the individual diagnosis, i.e. the form and causes of the teeth grinding. Once the diagnosis has been made, using a dental splint to combat grinding is a simple but very effective aid. These splints are also called crunch splints, bite splints, Michigan splints and so on. They are usually used in the upper jaw, but are generally also possible in the lower jaw. On one hand, the grinding splint eliminates direct contact between the teeth of the upper and lower jaw, which protects the teeth from further excessive wear. On the other hand, the splint relieves the strain on the jaw joints and relaxes the chewing muscles, which ultimately also relieves tension in the muscles in the rest of the musculoskeletal system and relieves pain in the head, neck or back area.
In individual cases, especially if the patient’s symptoms do not improve with splint therapy over a long period of time, drug treatment may also be an option. The goal here is ultimately to relax the muscles and thereby reduce pain for the patient as well.