What is bruxism?
The grinding and clenching of teeth, consciously and subconsciously, due to high pressure on the chewing muscles. It often happens while asleep.
Why taking precautions now?
The teeth grinding can lead to severe damage to teeth restorations, crowns, or even the jaw. It can lead to headaches as well. Bruxism smoothes the back teeth, thus chewing becomes a harder task. In addition, due to the high pressure in the chewing muscles, it may result to muscle pain symptoms.
What are the main signs of bruxism?
In the morning, patients may feel an uncomfortable pressure in their chewing muscles, as well as difficulties in the movement of the bottom jaw. Both often are complemented with edgy pain. Headaches, lack of muscle comfort, as well as lack of energy are common symptoms.
What is the treatment for Bruxism?
The bruxism splint, or mouthguard, is an application acting as a reminder, both consciously and subconsciously, not to grind and clench the teeth together. It does so, by separating upper and lower teeth with a layer of plastic, thus the teeth are no longer fit together, nor in contact. Often when teeth touch, they do so with a biting force. It must be worn during night sleep, as well as during daytime if possible.