Bruxing refers to the clenching and grinding of our teeth either during the dayor at night. It is one of the most common sleep disorders.
If left undiagnosed or unmanaged, bruxing can have some very adverse effects on our health:
- Chronic headaches
- Breakdown of the joints that control the opening and closing of our mouths (TMJ)
- Tooth wear and sensitivity
- Tooth breakdown
- Muscle tenderness in our facial region
- Inability to chew food properly
Management of bruxing typically requires a multi-faceted approach. This can include the use of muscle relaxants, stress management exercises and potential referral to a specialist.
Along with these approaches, at Willeri Dental we offer a few other common ways to manage bruxing:
- Nightguard- This is a customized acrylic splint worn while sleeping. It minimizes tooth wear by stopping the bruxing process. This also allows the muscles to relax and prevents damage to the tempero-mandibular joint.
- Botulinum toxin- While this is most commonly associated with cosmetic procedures, it can be injected directly into your jaw muscles to relax them. It works by relaxing the muscles so that they are not transmitting damaging forces to the teeth and joints. It has no impact on your day to day lifestyle. The injections do need to be reapplied periododically.