Treatment of bruxism
When is it worth thinking about treating bruxism?
In the case of involuntary and excessive activity of masseter muscles, clenching of teeth and grinding them leading to loosening of the teeth in the jaw and mandible, clash of teeth crowns, enamel breakage, occurrence of changes – initially inflammatory and then degenerative in the temporo-mandibular joints.
It is also worth thinking about the procedure in order to eliminate the asymmetry in the intensity of the work of the masseter muscles, affecting the aesthetics of the face. An important indication to start treatment is also the social reasons, i.e. to eliminate sleep disturbances in the partner caused by involuntary teeth grinding.
What can cause teeth grinding?
The direct cause of jaw clenching is excessive activity of masseter muscles. Usually the cause of this phenomenon is unknown or unambiguous. It is assumed that the presence of symptoms is contributed by a low level of resistance to stress and malocclusion.
Objectives for the treatment of bruxism
The goal of treatment is to reduce excessive activity of the masseter muscles and, as a result, to eliminate involuntary jaw clamping.