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Occlusal Plate: A Remedy For Teeth Grinding

More and more often, when you wake up, you notice a pain in your jaw stretching to your temples, as well as uncomfortable slenderness in the muscles of your neck; maybe you suffer from bruxism! It is usually said that someone with bruxism squeaks their teeth. This problem, although rather common, is not cured. That being said, there are various ways to mitigate the effects, and occlusal plaque is a simple and effective solution for treating bruxism. In addition to reducing the impact that contractions of your muscles can have on your jaw, the occlusal plate also serves to preserve your teeth against premature and unwanted wear. Want to learn more about the subject? We explain to you what there is to know in this article.

Possible Risks of Untreated Bruxism

First, it is important to point out that, like any problem for which no treatment measures are taken, bruxism can lead to unfortunate consequences. As mentioned, crisping can lead to abrasion and premature wear of the enamel of your dentition. It can end up damaging your teeth and cause you additional costs to repair or even replace them. The tension accumulated in your jaw can also pose you various muscular problems, in addition to causing dysfunction of your temporomandibular joint. Finally, various periodontal problems, or concerns about the health of your gums, can occur because of the great force exerted in your mouth during bouts of bruxism. That’s why it’s important to make sure you treat the problem as soon as possible!

What is the Occlusal Plate?

The occlusal plate, also known as the protective gutter, is a dental support device made from a personalized impression of your dentition. 

Entirely designed in the laboratory, this channel is made of transparent or opaque resin and is easily placed in the mouth, which prevents the upper and lower teeth from coming into contact during an episode of bruxism. 

For a long time, there has been a belief that people who are subject to bruxism are more anxious than average. It was further strengthened by the fact that various relaxation or psychotherapy techniques proved to be beneficial for the affected individuals; however, while stress may be an aggravating factor, no direct causal link has been established between bruxism and anxious temperament. 

Indeed, episodes of bruxism can be temporary or cyclical; if someone is about to cringe at certain times in his life, there is no evidence that he will do it regularly. You must, therefore, be careful before you consider that you have bruxism permanently. 

However, if you have some of the following symptoms, you may be prone to cringe:  

  • You often feel pain in your jaw; 
  • You have headaches that seem to be related to muscle tension in your neck and temporomandibular joint; 
  • Your tooth surface shows accelerated and unusual wear, usually diagnosed by your dentist; 
  • You feel pain in the temples in the morning, when you wake up. 

As you can see, the symptoms of bruxism can be multiple and very different from one individual to another. To better diagnose the true cause of your problem, do not hesitate to refer to an oral health specialist, such as a dentist or denturologist 

As we pointed out earlier, if your teeth were damaged too much because of the friction caused by bruxism, a dentist or denturologist might have to work on your teeth. It could cover them with porcelain to protect them, or suggest that you use dental implants to replace them, for example.    

Finally, bruxism must be considered as a problem that prematurely wears teeth and can even lead to the loss of your teeth. Also, its effects can cause disorders in your gums and bone around your teeth. When you know this, make sure to pay close attention to what’s going on in your mouth. You are now aware that detecting symptoms of bruxism as early as possible can save you a lot of problems. 


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