This activity includes: grinding/chafing the teeth, clenching the teeth, teeth tapping. Noticeable teeth wear is usually one of the first symptoms – at the beginning in concerns enamel, then the second layer is affected- dentin.

The symptoms of bruxism can include:

  • headache,
  • teeth wear,
  • loose teeth,
  • crack or fracture of teeth or crowns, dental bridges, dentures,
  • hypersensitivity to cold and heal,
  • muscle ache as well as pain of teeth after waking up,
  • marks after biting on cheeks, lips, lateral side of the tongue,
  • ear buzz,
  • crackles and leaps in temporo-mandibular joint,
  • ache concerning one tooth or teeth

During teething the force has impact not only onto the teeth but on the periodontium as well – namely, on the tissues keeping the teeth in the bone – this activity can intensify the symptoms of periodontosis, increase the mobility and cause unwanted movement of teeth and temporo-mandibular joints. As a result the patient can experience  crackling of the joints , leaping, pain. Bruxism itself can cause disorders the masticatory system muscles and the aforementioned dysfunctions in reference to the temporo-mandibular joints.

Additionally, bruxism and tooth wear are affected by malocclusion, postural defects, abnormal functioning of the masticatory system muscles as well as face and tongue, swallowing, mouth breathing, sleep disturbances, stress levels and medications with the person takes.

In our clinic we focus on issues such as bruxism and disorders concerning temporo-mandibular joint – crackling, leaping, headaches resulting from teeth clenching (including migraines).

The basic examination conducted for the purpose of diagnosing the aforementioned diseases is manual examination of temporo-mandibular joint as well as testing short-circuiting forces using Novus T-scan device.

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