Bruxism

Bruxism is a parafunctional and unconscious habit of the masticatory system that can be divided into diurnal and nocturnal, centric (dental clenching) or eccentric (grinding teeth). The percentage of the population that has had episodes of bruxism can vary between 15-90% and is considered problematic in adulthood and not in children. The cause most associated with bruxism is stress and anxiety associated with the habits of today's society. Its manifestation is not continuous, with peaks of activity and latent periods. This habit results in toothache, hypertrophy, tension and pain of masticatory muscles and headaches. As such, diagnosis of this condition may be done by an evaluation of these signs and symptoms, performed by your dentist. Certain changes in lifestyle are advised to decrease the frequency of these episodes: physical activity, relaxation therapies and good body posture. Small appliances and rehabilitation with fixed prosthesis or restorations are tools to prevent and correct the tooth wear caused by it.

If you suspect you may suffer from this condition, schedule an appointment with one of our specialized physicians or contact us.