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?
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?
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.