Bruxism treatment in Argentina – Cosmetic dentist

Bruxism is called tightening and wear of the teeth, generated by the involuntary activation of the muscles of chewing. It usually occurs at night, when we sleep. The cause is multifactorial, but it is exacerbated in times of stress.

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FAQ about Bruxism

How can we know that we have bruxism?
The most obvious sign appears at dawn when pains are felt in the muscles of chewing, and a feeling of having been clenching the teeth during the night. Also, another sign of this pathology are the noises or the grinding of the teeth when sleeping.

Also, there are less obvious signs such as the gradual wear of the teeth: as they are slow changes, it is difficult to realize that they are wearing out. Thus, there are cases where the wear can be 1 millimeter per year and in a short time much enamel is lost. For this reason, it is important to detect this problem early, to prevent future problems.

In addition, the enamel of the teeth can be skipped at the level of the neck, appearing as if an enamel wedge was missing. This symptom is known as dental abfraction and is a consequence of bruxism.

What can be the risks? Do you have a headache? Can you break your teeth?
The initial consequences can be slight, as small wear on the enamel, almost imperceptible. But with the passage of time, if the wear advances, a total reconstruction of all the teeth is necessary to restore the shape and function of these.

On the other hand, the teeth can be broken by the damage and in some occasions, it becomes necessary to extract them.

Tightening also causes muscle fatigue and changes in the temporo-mandibular joint, which is where the jaw rotates. This is an area with many nerve terminals, and the inflammation of it can trigger different symptoms, such as joint pain, indeterminate neuralgia, localized or diffuse muscle pain.

This is the reason why it is very important to always have the complete mouth, and with all the teeth: in cases where there is bruxism and lack of teeth, the pressure of the Musculature affects the temporo-mandibular joint even more and the effects are worse.

Is it true that the masseter muscle that is in the jaw and with which we make pressure is the strongest in the body?
If the force is measured in relation to size, undoubtedly the masseter is the strongest muscle. A curious fact: The maximum force that is achieved voluntarily by grinding the teeth with the masseter, can be doubled or tripled during the night, when we are not aware. This is very bad for dental health.
How is bruxism treated?
The main treatment is to make a plastic and rigid resting plate so that the forces dissipate. Then there are less conventional treatments that will depend on each case, from muscle relaxation to the application of botox to reduce muscle strength.
What happens if we do not treat it?
If we do not treat this problem, the wear progresses, and tooth destruction will end the aesthetics, health and function of the teeth.
Does it happen to both adults and children?
Yes. Children may have it, but having milk teeth, the problem is less relevant, and a moderate degree of bruxism is considered physiologically normal.
Does it matter in men and women?
It occurs in both equally. In men it is a little more common to see worn teeth and in women pain in the temporo-mandibular joint.
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