Bruxism (teeth grinding)
Bruxism is is a condition in which you clench or grind your teeth and itis a common facial-jaw dysfunction that affects almost every third person.
For the most part, we are not conscious of squeezing and crunching, as we most often do this subconsciously at night, while sleeping. But we also know daily bruxism.
Clenching and crunching results in accelerated wear and tear on hard dental tissues, which is not uncomfortable for patients in the initial phase, up to a worn third or even half of the dental crowns, because it happens so slowly that they do not even notice a change in the appearance of the teeth. Only with advanced wear do they realize that their smile looks much older or that their teeth become sensitive due to lack of enamel.
With bruxist, the masticatory muscles are extremely strengthened, so they can squeeze their teeth up to five times stronger than a non-bruxist. The result is a fracture of teeth, fillings or crowns.
Excessive use of chewing muscle leads to local inflammatory muscle damage leading to pain. These are often expressed as headache, toothache or neck pain. Changes in the jaw joint also occur, which can lead to ear pain and painful mouth opening and jaw deviation when opening the mouth.