What is bruxism and how do you know if you suffer from it?
It is becoming more and more common to hear about bruxism. Our pace of life is becoming increasingly hectic, both because of work and the growing need to be busy all the time, playing sport, spending time with family and friends, enjoying our hobbies, etc. Of course, it is not something that has to be negative, but sometimes it leads to nerves, stress and other conditioning factors that can lead to bruxism and other pathologies.
Many people suffer from it and don’t know it and others are more aware of it and have managed to avoid the problems it can cause thanks to the use of unloading splints known as clenchers.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is a pathology characterised by jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Bruxism can occur during sleep, when we are not aware of it, or during the day. There are different degrees of bruxism, the mildest not necessarily needing treatment, but severe bruxism can lead to serious wear and tear on the jaw and teeth, causing other problems, and should therefore be treated appropriately.
How do you know if you suffer from bruxism?
Depending on the degree of the pathology, we will have a series of symptoms that we can notice. On the one hand, if we suffer from it while we are asleep, it will be common to wake up with pain in the jaw or in the teeth themselves. On the other hand, if we have daytime bruxism, we may notice that we clench our teeth a lot, especially in times of stress or nerves. In severe cases, we may even notice aesthetic changes because the teeth break or crumble.
How can this pathology be treated?
Normally, in reliable dental clinics, bruxism is treated with splints or dental clenchers. These splints are similar to those used for sleeping when you have finished orthodontic treatment. Depending on the degree of severity, these splints will be used only for sleeping or also during the day.
The good thing is that they are removable, i.e. they can be taken off and put on easily. In addition, it is important to maintain good dental hygiene and good hygiene of the splint itself.
If you think you may suffer from this pathology, do not hesitate to contact your dental clinic in Viladecans, Castelldefels, Sant Boi and Gavà. We have extensive experience in treating bruxism and we can give you a free, no-obligation assessment at your first appointment. Call us now on 93 658 46 81 or contact us via WhatsApp on 620 63 83 86.