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The subconscious grinding of your teeth at night

Lots of people grind their teeth. Many do this without knowing it - namely at night. The problem: the surfaces of the teeth are literally sanded down as if with sandpaper. Valuable tooth substance is lost and the teeth become more susceptible to diseases such as tooth decay and periodontal disease. Some teeth grinders grind so violently over months and years that only stubs remain from the teeth. The constant friction of the teeth leads to temporomandibular joint problems and not only affects the health of the teeth, but often also affects the whole body.

A distinction is made in grinding teeth, also known as bruxism, between silent clenching and grinding with noises. The force that is used to grind teeth is many times greater than it would be necessary for normal chewing. Up to 80 kilos per square centimeter of pressing pressure can occur immediately when the teeth are clenched firmly. According to the German Society for Dentistry, Oral and Maxillofacial Medicine (DGZMK), around every third person presses their teeth together at night and grinds them - women are more often affected than men. Studies have shown that the nocturnal grinding phase can last up to three quarters of an hour in some cases.

Grinding teeth is often an outlet for stress

Have you ever wondered why you grind your teeth when you sleep? Often unprocessed stress can be identified. Suppressed during the day, it acts as unconscious aggression at night. The subconscious tries to crush or grind the problems. Other mental disorders can also result in the body not coming to rest during sleep.

"A misalignment of your upper and lower jaw can also be the cause of the grinding of your teeth," says dentist Dr. A. Kuroszczyk and explains: “For example, a tooth filling that is too high or an implant that is not perfectly adapted can disrupt the occlusion (mouth closure), which means that the teeth between the teeth of the upper and lower jaw are not optimal when the teeth are clenched. The body then automatically tries to grind off the disruptive factor in the mouth. Conversely, the unnaturally heavy stress caused by grinding and clenching your teeth at night will sooner or later have serious consequences for your temporomandibular joints: Every time you move your mouth, the joints crack and / or rubbing noises occur. The mouth opening can be restricted, sometimes the mouth can no longer be closed after a wide mouth opening ”.

Complaints go far beyond the chewing system

What many do not know: Because all muscles, joints and bones of the body form a precisely balanced functional unit, even minor changes can throw this balance out of balance. Your teeth, jaws, temporomandibular joints and masseter muscles have a significant influence on your overall posture. If there is a functional disorder caused by the jaw and teeth, one speaks of a craniomandibular dysfunction, also known as CMD for short. The craniomandibular system consists of the teeth of the upper and lower jaw, the masticatory muscles and the temporomandibular joints. The main functions of the CMD are chewing and speaking.
Find out more about CMD in our patient information system.

Tension headaches and migraines, neck pain and visual disturbances are possible consequences of the crunch, even tinnitus (ringing in the ears) can occur. The pain can spread to the spine and cause back pain and even permanent postural damage.

First aid for "crunchers": the grinding splint

Many “grinders” only feel pain when the teeth have already been worn down or systemic complaints occur due to a damaged chewing system. We would like to prevent this with a therapy with a bite splint, loosely known as a grinding splint, which starts in good time. In addition, regular visits to our practice help to avoid serious damage.

With a functional analysis and computer-aided digital X-ray technology, we can clearly clarify whether you have any functional disorders. Here, in several steps, all positions and movements of the lower jaw are recorded using instruments and the temporomandibular joints are measured on different levels on the computer screen.

The grinding splint is a mechanical medical aid made of plastic. It separates the upper and lower jaw from each other, so the rows of teeth have no contact with each other. Wearing the splint - mainly at night - should do the following:

  • Relief of your teeth, muscles and joint functions
  • Solving subconscious automatisms
  • Reduction of teeth grinding and clenching
  • Programming new movement patterns
  • Protection and preservation of your tooth enamel

How long the grinding splint has to be worn varies from person to person and is decided on a case-by-case basis. The splint therapy usually brings immediate relaxation of the muscles and the temporomandibular joint. Measures to reduce stress and relax muscles can be carried out through relaxation techniques and physiotherapy; behavioral or psychotherapy is often also helpful. The close cooperation with osteopaths and physiotherapists also enables us to complement your therapy in a meaningful way.

Watch out for symptoms!
If you suffer from pain and impairment in the jaw area, unexplained toothache, face pain or headache or if you have constant tension in your neck and shoulder, back pain or even ringing in your ears, we recommend you visit our practice. With an individual consultation, we would be happy to clarify what we can do for you.

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Author Zahnpoint MainzPosted on Categories ProphylaxisTags Grinding splint, splint therapy, teeth grinding