Bruxism is an unconscious habit which consists of clenching or grinding your teeth, especially during sleep.
It can be caused by stress, anxiety, or a malocclusion. Recent studies have also shown a link between sleep and respiratory disorders such as sleep apnea or hypopnea.
There is no definitive treatment for bruxism. However, several methods exist to prevent or reduce bruxism.
We recognize bruxism by certain physical signs, such as :
- Tooth wear
- Headaches and earaches
- Oral-facial pain
- Limited mouth opening
- Jaw and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain in the morning.
- Fatigue in the morning
- Tooth sensitivity
- Gum recession
If you have one or several of these symptoms, ask our team about the various options available. Dr. Marie-Ève Costisella will do a complete analysis of your situation and recommend solutions adapted to your needs.
A bite plate is a dental apparatus used to protect teeth and jaws against excessive wear. It is made with a fine layer of plastic or another material that fits to the patient’s upper or lower teeth.
Its role is to protect teeth against wear or teeth grinding and to reduce pressure on the various structures of the jaw: teeth, bones, muscles and joints. Most of the time, your dentist will recommend that you wear it during the night.
A bite plate is one of the solutions Dr. Marie-Ève Costisella could recommend if you have symptoms of bruxism or teeth clenching.