The bruxism is the unconscious clenching of teeth, generally at night, which causes problems in the oral health of those who suffer from it.

It is estimated that up to 20% of the population suffers today. Among its main causes is the stress and anxiety and it manifests itself with cervical, head or tooth pain, gum inflammation or sensitivity, among others.

The consequences of bruxism

Consequences may vary depending on the degree of severity and frequency of the condition. Some of the most common consequences are:

tooth wear

It is the main consequence of bruxism, since when clenching and grinding the teeth, in the long run, the erosion of dental pieces.

Mandibular tension and affectation in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)

Because, once again, of the pressure on the teeth, the muscles of the jaw and the temporomandibular joint are loaded.

The TMJ connects the lower jaw to the skull, so it is not surprising that it is accompanied by headaches, cervical, ears and finally insomnia.

Increased sensitivity

Bruxism causes enamel wear of the tooth progressively, exposing the dentine What is it more sensitive to cold and heat.

How to treat bruxism: discharge splints

The discharge ferrules are the most effective treatment against bruxism. It consists of transparent and rigid dental covers for night use that prevent the teeth from clenching and, therefore, does not cause dental wear.

The discharge splints must be made specifically for each patient, since they will be made from a mold of the teeth themselves so that they can fit and perform their function correctly.

Also promote rest and avoid other consequences of bruxism through muscle relaxation.

Do you think you suffer from bruxism? In Clínica Dr. Vilar we will help you to diagnose it and we will advise you about the most efficient treatment in your case, if necessary. Request your appointment by calling 93 201 71 52 or send us a whatsapp to +34 636 64 80 59.

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