Bruxism Treatment

Bruxism Treatment

Bruxism is a condition in which you grind, gnash or clench your teeth. Most people suffer from clenching, which can occur for many reasons. Another name for clenching is bruxism. Bruxism, that is, tooth clenching disorder, is a dental problem that can be treated. However, the cause of this disease may not only be caused by teeth or jaw. Bruxism is usually seen in people who are stressed and anxious. Depending on hereditary, psychological and stress causes, people of all ages can have Bruxism.

Patient who have Bruxism consult to the orthodontics specialist due to the following complaints:

  • Pain in the temples, jaw, neck and facial muscles,
  • Difficulty chewing,
  • Difficulty in opening the mouth,
  • Clicking sound from the jaw
  • Opening the jaw by sliding to the right or left

Bruxism can lead to many other problems, such as the following:

1-It can cause pain in the jaw joints, gums and teeth.

2-It can cause tooth wear.

3-It can cause enamel fractures and tooth discoloration.

4-If left untreated for a long time, it can lead to gum recession and bone loss.

5-It can damage the muscles of the face and jaw. If left untreated for a long time, a square shaped chin can form.

6-It can cause severe headache.

How is Bruxism treated?

The perfect solution to teeth clenching or teeth grinding problems is clear aligners. This is generally called a night guard. Depending on the extent of the clenching disorder, antidepressants and muscle relaxants may be included in the prescription in addition to the night guard to be given to the patient. Only medications do not treat clenching, a night guard must be used. The night guard is prepared individually by taking the patient’s mouth size. The purpose of using the night guard is to prevent the contact between the teeth in the upper and lower jaws.