4 Key Questions About Bruxism

Written by: Irene Martínez Nieto
Edited by: Patricia Fernández Ramos

More than half of the population suffers from bruxism, consisting of tightening the lower teeth against the upper teeth unconsciously during sleep. Occasionally, very bruxist dentistry patients grit their teeth during the day and are aware of it, but the normal thing is to do it without realizing it.

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Periods of high stress intensify bruxism

Consequences of bruxism for oral health

The mouth has a set of muscles that are classified into the most powerful of the whole organism. Putting teeth to these forces so powerful throughout the night exponentially multiplies the number of hours that the teeth must be subjected to masticatory forces and consequently accelerates their wear and aging, worsening the appearance and predisposing to fractures, cavities and sensitivity between other problems.


Causes of bruxism

Contractured masticatory muscles, caused by poor joint position, in a bruxist mouth, can generate pain just like any other contracture and such pain can radiate causing headaches.

The periods of high stress intensify bruxism and its consequences, since the emotional tension is somatiza in muscular tension.


Treatment to combat bruxism

It is imperative to prevent the consequences of bruxism since the loss of natural tooth enamel is irreversible.

A good orthodontic , not only has to align the teeth, but must be accompanied by an appropriate analysis that moves the jaw joint to its best possible situation. The more correct position the jaw takes, the more relaxed the muscles will be and, of course, the less joint pain. These are also related to migraines and clicks that should disappear.

The discharge dental splint is a removable appliance that placed in the mouth at night, also allows the joint to reach its ideal position, relaxing the muscles and relieving other problems.


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Irene Martínez Nieto

Irene Martinez Nieto is a renowned expert dentist in orthodontics. Graduated from the University Alfonso X the Wise, he has completed his training in Spain and Portugal. Currently, she is director of the clinic of Alcala de Guadaira (Sevilla) and member of the Department of Surgery at Seventh Denta, apart from being an active member of cortical implantology Implantology Society Basal Iberoamericana (SIBASI).

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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