Chronic headaches, neck muscle pain, pain in the temporomandibular joints, ear, temple or teeth, migraines, cervical cavities, worn and sensitive teeth… all these could be symptoms of clenching the jaw and grinding the teeth during the night, known as bruxism.
Bruxism affects not just the teeth, but also the quality of life. Permanent pain, fatigue, stress–all these accompany people who experience the aforementioned problems and do not decide to begin treatment, which is simple, painless and affordable.
In case of bruxism and clenching the jaw at night with excessive force we use a so-called relaxation splint. As the name itself indicates, it has a relaxing effect on the muscles. The dental prosthetician takes an impression of the mandible, which becomes the basis for preparing an individual acrylic splint, which perfectly matches the patient’s teeth. The splint is worn during the night and it prevents the patient from clenching the teeth. This protects tooth enamel and weakens the strength of the masticatory muscles. The splint is recommended for patients who experience excessive tension in this area. It not only prevents excessive muscle contraction, but also protects the teeth from excessive pressure and from enamel erosion in patients who grind their teeth while sleeping.
Although using a splint is painless, some patients complain about small discomfort during the first few days of its use. It is only a matter of getting used to it. After a few days we cease to feel a “foreign object” in our mouth. The afflictions related to tension in the mandibular muscles subside after just a few days of using the splint, but in order to achieve long-lasting results, it must continue to be used for a few months.
Bruxism can be treated using other methods, too. At Villa Nova Dental Clinic we offer our patients an innovative method that involves the use of botulinum toxin (botox) (read more -> final touch – aesthetic medicine).