Bruxism appliance therapy
The term bruxism is defined as: “the habit of clenching and grinding the teeth. It most often occurs at night during sleep, but it may also occur during the day. It is an unconscious behavior, perhaps performed to release anxiety, aggression, or anger.”
Bruxism may be mild and may not even require treatment. However, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to several problems. Unfortunately, people who suffer from bruxism usually are not aware of it and as such, are not diagnosed with the condition until complications manifest themselves. Therefore, it is important to know the signs and symptoms of bruxism and to seek regular dental care.
Possible signs, symptoms and complications that may occur include:
In order to greatly decrease the damage caused by bruxing, an appliance is used to cover and prevent the teeth from coming together, allowing the muscles to relax.