Bruxism is an oral parafunctional (abnormal) activity which commonly occurs with most people at some point in their lives.
The two main characteristics of this condition are grinding the teeth and clenching of the jaw. These actions usually occur during a personâ€™s sleeping hours,
especially for adults and children with sleep apnea or an airway restriction. It can occur during the day also.
Bruxism is one of the most common known sleep disorders. Chewing is a neuromuscular activity controlled by a subconscious process,
but more highly controlled by the brain. During sleep, the subconscious process may become active while the higher control is inactive (asleep),
resulting in bruxism. The most common symptoms are the same as patients with Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD).
Why should I seek treatment for Bruxism?
Gum Recession â€“ Bruxism is a leading cause of gum recession and tooth loss. Grinding teeth can damage the soft tissue directly and lead to
loose teeth and deep pockets where bacteria are able to colonize and decay the supporting bone.
Facial Pain â€“ Grinding can eventually shorten and blunt the teeth. This can lead to muscle pain in the myofascial region and, in severe cases,
Mouthguard â€“ An acrylic mouthguard can be designed from teeth impressions to minimize the abrasive grinding action during normal sleep.
Mouthguards are expected to be worn on a long-term basis to help prevent tooth damage.
NTI-tss Device â€“ This device only covers the front teeth and must be fitted at our office.
The idea behind the NTI-tss is to prevent grinding the rear molars by limiting the contraction of the temporalis muscle in the jaw.
Once bruxing is under control, we can perform a variety of dental procedures to restore the pleasant aesthetic appearance to your smile such as crowns,
gum grafts and crown lengthening.