What is bruxism?
Bruxism is a parafunction (a non-functional habit) that consists of clenching and/or grinding the teeth, either during sleep (sleep bruxism) or during the day (waking bruxism).
Of all the parafunctions that affect the masticatory apparatus, bruxism is the most destructive and needs proper clinical evaluation and management to prevent increasingly important health problems in the teeth and oral cavity.
The sensation of grinding the teeth and clenching them with great intensity produces more fatigue and additional tension and stress in daily life.
For whom is the treatment indicated?
The treatment is indicated for all those people who present any symptom associated with bruxism, thus reducing their health, such as jaw pain, pain and/or clicks near the ear, at the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) level, headaches or tooth sensitivity related to the wear and destruction of the structure of the teeth caused by tooth grinding.
At Kranion we are specialists in treating bruxism.
What are the benefits of bruxism treatment?
With the treatment of bruxism we will prevent our teeth from continuing to wear down, dental sensitivity will decrease, jaw pain will disappear, our headaches will improve and we will avoid the appearance of lesions in the TMJ (clicking, total or intermittent blockage of the jaw dynamics during mastication and pain in the ear area).
Will it hurt?
The treatment of bruxism is painless and may require a multidisciplinary intervention through: the application of dental splints (designed to prevent tooth wear and facilitate relaxation of the masticatory musculature), the application of cranio-mandibular physiotherapy and the control of stress and anxiety with diaphragmatic breathing techniques, Mindfulness or Biofeedback.
How many days will I be inactive?
The use of splints and physiotherapy sessions, like the rest of the treatments mentioned above, do not require any type of sick leave.
Does the treatment require anesthesia, what type?
In general, the use of anesthetics is not necessary in the treatment of bruxism, although it is true that in cases of severe and/or chronic muscular pain, infiltrations with medical ozone and anesthetic in the mandibular elevating musculature may be indicated, as well as the application of botulinum toxin (Botox®) infiltrations to achieve a prolonged relaxing effect in the muscles of the head and neck.
If you need more information about this service, do not hesitate to contact us.