Bruxism can have irreversible consequences such as tooth loss, not to mention the fact that such a habit may become very annoying for the person who is sleeping by your side and possibly keep him or her from enjoying a good night’s sleep.
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The various types of bruxism
- Clenching of the teeth
Clenching consists in clamping and pressing the teeth together without causing any movement or noise.
Bruxism consists in a lateral rubbing and movement of the teeth. Bruxism is most annoying for the affected people and the people around them, and it is easier to notice than clenching since it produces noise.
Signs and symptoms
Muscles. Aching jaw muscles. Joints.
- cracking noises,
- tooth alignment deviation,
- restricted mouth opening.
The consequences of bruxism on the teeth and enamel are:
- wear, V-shaped defects,
- vertical fractures of the teeth,
- receding gums and supporting bone structure loss,
- increased tooth mobility.
The causes of bruxism
Several factors may lead to bruxism. Those factors can be of psychological or clinical nature.
- A missing tooth: do not wait; consult with your dentist without delay. There are solutions, such as dental prostheses or implants.
- Abnormal dental occlusion: the dentist will suggest a treatment to align your teeth in order to ensure normal occlusion.
- Stress and hyperactivity: in such cases, while the emotional or psychological causes of this stress are waiting to be treated, the dentist will place an occlusal splint or dental guard that the patient is to wear at night in order to avoid tooth-to-tooth contact. By preventing contact between the jaws, the occlusal splint prevents grinding and abnormal wear of the teeth.
The occlusal splint:
- reduces muscle strain,
- protects your teeth,
- assists the muscles in regaining their elasticity,
- not to mention that it will help your partner sleep better.
Bruxism is not inevitable! There are solutions. Do not hesitate to call for an appointment at the David and Cloutier Dental Clinic and Dental Office in Montréal in order to obtain more information.