Bruxism-Clinching & Grinding
Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity which commonly occurs with most
people at some point in their lives. The two main characteristics of this
condition are grinding and or clenching teeth. These actions usually occur
during a person’s sleeping hours, but occasionally they occur during the day.
Bruxism is one of the most common known sleep disorders. The most common
symptoms are earaches and headaches, depression, eating disorders, anxiety,
and chronic stress.
An occlusal device usually referred to ”night guard” is fabricated
with a very delicate process to evaluate your jaw muscles and the bite
in the most appropriate position. The device helps in relaxing the muscles
of mastication and eventually stops the grinding and the clenching.
without treatment Bruxism leads to several conditions includes:
- Gum Recession
- Myofacial pain (Facial muscle tightness )
Occlusal (bite)Trauma – The abnormal wear patterns on the occlusal (chewing) surfaces
of the teeth can lead to fractures
- Tooth wera near the gum line
Arthritis – In the most severe cases, in the temporomandibular (TMJ)
Though there is no one cure for bruxism, there are a variety of devices
and services available from our office to help treat bruxism.
Mouthguard or NightGuard – An acrylic mouthguard can be designed from teeth impressions to
minimize the abrasive grinding action during normal sleep.