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Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Traitement 01 - Obturations (plombages)Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Did you know that pain in the jaw, cheeks, face, head, neck and neck can be caused by a problem with the jaw joint?

A person with poor jaw position could have significant neuromuscular problems. Bruxism (teeth grinding) can cause migraines, tooth wear, and tension in the joints and facial muscles. When the grinding becomes more severe, one may experience cracking joints, ear congestion, neck and shoulder pain, and a limitation in opening the mouth. We will therefore opt for wearing an occlusal plate.

What is an occlusal plate?

A bite plate is an acrylic dental appliance that is worn at night to prevent the upper teeth from coming into contact with the lower teeth. This is made for people suffering from bruxism (teeth grinding) and jaw joint problems.

The device is tailor-made for the patient. Being well fitted, the plate offers a much more comfortable sleep. Some even see the advantages of wearing their occlusal plate during the day if jaw clenching is noticeable.

How does the bite plate work?

The purpose of the plate is to absorb the forces of bruxism and teeth clenching. It helps relax the jaw muscles, relieve tension and finally, reduce pain. It also helps limit the progression of deterioration of teeth and joint bones.

Several types of occlusal plates exist and only a qualified dentist who has completed the necessary professional training will be able to guide you in choosing the device adapted to your specific needs.

Some occlusal plates are even available over the counter at your pharmacy. Obviously, these are not custom designed and will not achieve the same level of comfort and efficiency. However, this type of universal appliance could temporarily help some patients protect their teeth from premature wear during a transitional period.

If pain or discomfort persists despite wearing an occlusal plate, please notify your dentist. They will be able to refer you to a specialist for the treatment of jaw joint problems and ensure more in-depth monitoring of your condition.