Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry


Family, Orthodontic & Implant Dentistry


You may have had episodes of bruxism where you grind your teeth at night or during the day. It’s called a parafunctional activity because it occurs in most humans, but there are varying degrees to which this condition presents itself- some people only clench once their asleep while others can do so anytime they please!

Sleeping with bruxism is difficult for both sufferers and those who share a bed. The clench-and-grind that comes from it can cause damage to teeth, jaw joints as well as tendons in your neck or back if not stopped during sleep time due to how often they occur while sleeping - which has been found 80% more likely among people suffering from this condition than others without any sort of disorder like insomnia .

The front six upper and lower teeth of each arch often grind against each other, placing undue strain on the temporomandibular joint. Bruxism can cause earaches as well as stress disorders in addition to health issues such Alzheimer’s disease or alcohol abuse.

Dentists are often unable to diagnose bruxism because the condition is only one of several potential causes. Only a trained professional can tell if teeth are being worn down due primarily from overzealous brushing, acidic soft drinks or abrasive food items in addition too grinding ones' own molars against each other while asleep at night for hours on end every single day .

Bruxism is frequently misdiagnosed or not diagnosed at all, because it is only one of several potential causes of tooth wear. Only a trained professional can tell the difference between bruxing wear and wear caused by overly aggressive brushing, acidic soft drinks, and abrasive foods.

Reasons for the treatment of bruxism

Here are some of the main reasons why bruxism should be promptly treated:

  • Gum recession and tooth loss – Bruxism is one of the leading causes of gum recession and tooth loss. It damages the soft tissue directly and leads to loose teeth and deep pockets, where bacteria can colonize and destroy the supporting bone. 
  • Occlusal trauma – The abnormal wear patterns on the occlusal (chewing) surfaces can lead to fractures in the teeth, which may require restorative treatment.
  • Arthritis – In severe and chronic cases, bruxing can eventually lead to painful arthritis in the temporomandibular (TMJ) joints (the joints that allow the jaw to open smoothly).
  • Myofascial pain – The grinding associated with bruxism can eventually shorten and blunt the teeth.  This can lead to debilitating headaches and muscle pain in the myofascial region.

Treatment options for bruxism

Bruxism is a health problem as common in children as it was once believed to be an exclusively adult issue. There's no single cure for bruxism, though many helpful devices and tools are available that can help treat this condition:

  • Mouthguards – An acrylic mouthguard can be designed from tooth impressions to minimize the abrasive action of tooth surfaces during normal sleep. Mouthguards should be worn on a long-term basis to help to stabilize the occlusion as well as prevent damage to teeth and to the temporomandibular joint.
  • NTI-tss device – This device is fitted by a health professional and only covers the front teeth. The goal of the NTI-tss is to prevent the grinding of the rear molars by limiting the contraction of the temporalis muscle.
  • Botox® – Botox® can be injected into the muscles to relax and weaken them. Botox® is an excellent treatment for bruxism because it weakens the muscles enough to prevent grinding but not enough to interfere with everyday functions like chewing and speaking.

With treatment options including relaxation exercises, stress management education and biofeedback mechanisms there are many ways to manage bruxism. Once the condition has been controlled with these methods a variety of dental procedures such as crowns or gum grafts can restore your smile back into one that you're proud enough to show off!