Gnashing teeth - what is bruxism?
Gnashing teeth during sleep or sleep is one of the most common manifestations of bruxism, a condition that affects even 7 in 10 people. It consists of unconscious gripping and gnashing of teeth. Most people with bruxism gnash their teeth at night and for years may be unaware of the problem. Gnashing teeth during sleep are discovered only when they sleep with someone.
The cause of bruxism can be stressful during the day, but also long lasting, habitual chewing of the gum, one-sided chewing of food, or abnormal contact on the teeth or poorly profiled fillings.
Clenching and grinding are associated with the release of enormous force on the chewing surfaces of patients. It is much bigger than this, which is normal for normal chewing and biting processes. No wonder that bruxism can in some cases lead to serious damage to the teeth and gums, and even to the damage of the temporomandibular joints. Therefore, the first symptoms of bruxism should ask the dentist to ask for proper diagnosis and treatment.
Bruxism - symptoms
The evident, indisputable symptom of bruxism is audible especially at night, grinding teeth. Sometimes patients become aware that they are unintelligent, also during the day, they begin to clench their teeth or grind them, for example under stressful conditions.
Signs of bruxism for a long time may be unnoticed or associated with other possible medical conditions. These include:
• Systemic symptoms - headache, neck, back and ear pain, hearing impairment and saliva disorders,
• Symptoms within the mouth - maceration and anemesis of the cheek mucosa and tongue in the occlusal line, frequent bleeding of the teeth during brushing, periodontal decay, root prolapsing and tooth abrasion, visible to the naked eye during dental examination,
• Symptoms of the facial muscles and the shoulder girdle - pain in the vicinity of the rumen and temporal muscle attachments, shoulder pain, increased tension of the rim, especially in the vicinity of the clavicular and breast muscle, as well as hyperplasia and temporomandibular hyperplasia.
The most annoying symptom of bruxism is pain, defined by patients as dull, deep, radiating or spilling. Bruxism is often associated with the pain of whole groups of teeth.
Brussels - treatment
When a patient reports to his or her dentist, who, after a regular dental examination, can diagnose the grating and excessive clenching of the teeth. Fortunately, bruxism can be treated. It is best to eliminate its cause, ie stress or abnormal contact of the teeth on the contact surfaces, but if this is not possible or not the expected results, a special relaxation bus may be used. This transparent toothpaste, made specifically for a particular patient, after implantation of the teeth. The track is worn for sleep and protects the lower teeth against friction and excessive clamping.
Along with the train doctors recommend patients to relax, for example listening to music or walking and relaxing massages.