1. What is bruxism?
Bruxism is the involuntary clench of teeth, prolonged contact of the tooth surfaces.
2. Types, symptoms and causes of bruxism
There are two types of bruxism
- Clenching: To clench our teeth against each other.
- Grinding: Grinding the teeth making short lateral movements and at the same time clenching.
- Muscle contractures
- Not stable occlusion
- Bad teeth position that contributes to non adequate contacts between them.
- A night guard is a resin guard that is used during the night for treating bruxism. It intends to position the jaw in a stable and secure three-dimensional position.
- Avoiding contact between teeth, the jaw positions it self in a ideal articular relation, therefore the muscle loses some tone contributing for a more relaxed position.