Functional problems


Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity. Common symptoms are excessive teeth grinding or jaw clenching mainly during sleep. It is usually accompanied with headaches, pain in the temporomandibular joint, aching jaw or neck muscles, inability to open the mouth, hypersensitive teeth, tooth wear, damage to dental restorations and/or sleep apnoea.



Treatment for bruxism attempts to prevent further damage and manage symptoms. It usually involves using a custom made dental splint that the patient wears during the night to protect teeth from clenching and relax the jaw muscles and the joints.

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