Treatment for bruxism (teeth grinding)

Comprehensive treatment of stress pathologies of the joint, bite and musculoskeletal system.
Restore joint function and improve quality of life
Treatment time from 1 month
from 15 000 rub

What is bruxism?

Bruxism, or nighttime teeth grinding, – is the body's way of dealing with stress. There are two variations of bruxism – physiologic and pathologic bruxism.

Physiologic bruxism (bruxism in children)

Bruxism in young children is the age from about 5 years old until the bite begins to change from a milk bite to a permanent bite. Bruxism contributes to the formation of the temporomandibular joint. When teeth are clenched and grinded violently in their sleep, the muscles contract and force the head of the lower jaw to form a fossa and the cartilage that is there to form a disk.

At the same time, children can grind their teeth hard, causing parents to worry and go to the dentist.

Dynamic monitoring is important here, as premature treatment of bruxism with mouth guards can stop the process of joint formation.

The child will end up with joint dysfunction in an unnecessary struggle to maintain the height of the baby teeth due to abrasion.

Pathological bruxism (bruxism in adults)

Over time, the child grows, he gets permanent teeth, and in adulthood he can start gnashing his teeth with increased stress factors.

In modern people, adrenaline is produced regularly every day: you stand in traffic - you get nervous, you quarrel with your boss at work - you get nervous, you're late - you get nervous. There are quite a lot of such micro-stressful moments and adrenaline accumulates without an outlet.

If a person is not engaged in any activity to compensate for this adrenaline, dancing, sports or any physical activity, then at night the adrenaline is processed in our strongest chewing muscles (they can withstand a load of 300-600 kg) and the person starts grinding his teeth in his sleep, erasing his teeth.

What are the treatment options for bruxism?

  1. Make a special splint or «splint», which will be erased instead of your teeth. Such a protective version of a mouth guard against bruxism.

  2. Botulinum toxin injections into the masticatory muscles. It reduces the activity of muscle fibers and bruxism temporarily disappears. The question is who will be relieved: adrenaline has to be processed somewhere. If there is no outlet for it, other problems can start: «blows» to different organs, tissues..

  3. Treatment on the bracket system – disappearance of bruxism is associated with increased sensitivity of receptors due to the mobility of mobile teeth, the patient elementary will be painful to strongly clench the teeth. However, bruxism will return after the end of such treatment.

  4. The best option – combined orthodontic treatment with a bracket system and a splint (splint). This treatment works not only on the bruxism itself, but also on the cause of the bruxism, so the result will be stable.

What are the other risks of bruxism?"

Often, orthodontists refer patients with bruxism for orthodontic training before planning expensive prosthodontics with ceramic restorations. Bruxism is the cause of chipping on ceramics. In this case, it is important to perform the prosthetic restoration in the correct bite for stable treatment results.

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Updated 16.02.2024

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