Plastic Surgery

Bite tray (for bruxism treatment)

What is the bruxism?

Bruxism is characterized by the grinding of the teeth and typically includes the clenching of the jaw. It is an oral parafunctional activity that occurs in most humans at some time in their lives. In most people, bruxism is mild enough not to be a health problem. While bruxism may be a diurnal or nocturnal activity, it is bruxism during sleep that causes the majority of health issues; it can even occur during short naps.

Because it mostly happens during sleep, most people don’t know they brux until their dentist tells them that they are showing signs of bruxing. When diagnosed early, teeth grinding can be treated before it causes permanent damage to the teeth. There are several telltale signs. Sore or tender jaws, morning headaches, earaches and neck pain are common signs of moderate to severe bruxing. Others may notice their teeth have become more sensitive over time, or that their teeth look flat or worn. Other physical indications of chronic teeth grinding are chipped teeth; increased sensitivity to hot or cold foods and beverages; and loose or broken fillings.

What is the bruxism treatment with bite tray procedure?

A dental guard or splint can reduce tooth abrasion. Dental guards are typically made of a clear, tasteless polymer (plastic) material and fit over some or all of upper and/or lower teeth. The guard protects the teeth from abrasion and can reduce muscle strain by allowing the upper and lower jaw to move easily with respect to each other.

A dental guard is typically worn during every night's sleep on a long-term basis.

What kind of result can you expect?

Recovery period and recommendations

Possible side effects and complications

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