Bruxism or “gnashing of teeth” is an oral parafunctional activity that occurs usually at night, during sleep.
Common situations that trigger bruxism are stress, anxiety, emotional stress and others.
Patients may present various symptoms including:
* Pain when opening or closing the mouth
* Headache-neck pain-earache
* Clicking sounds during the chewing function
* Difficulty in opening the mouth
* Wear of teeth
A dental guard or splint can reduce tooth abrasion.It is typically worn during sleep at night.
The splint not only protects the teeth but it can also reduce muscle strain by allowing the upper and lower jaw to function properly.