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Teeth grinding (bruxism)

Do you wake up with headaches, jaw pain or tooth pain? If so, you may be suffering from bruxism, the unconscious grinding of your teeth during sleep. If so, Dr. Seica, your Blainville dentist, has the solution to protect the health of your smile: the bite plate.

Bruxism can have serious consequences on the teeth when it is not treated: dental fractures, premature wear of the teeth, bone and tissues surrounding the teeth, etc. If you have any doubts about your condition, please consult our team.

The importance of preventing the damage
associated with teeth grinding
(bruxism)

Bruxism is a sneaky condition. In fact, since teeth grinding occurs during sleep, the sufferer is often unaware of the problem. It is therefore important to be aware of the signs and symptoms associated with bruxism, the main ones being headaches upon awakening, often accompanied by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, and even dental pain in some cases. In many cases, it is during a dental examination that we notice abnormal wear of the teeth or certain damages such as dental fractures and cracks. Sometimes, the spouse of the person suffering from bruxism notices the noise caused by the grinding of the teeth during the night.

The solution to bruxism is the design of an occlusal plate specially adapted to the patient’s dentition. It is a device that is made of a very resistant plastic, based on digital impressions of the teeth, for more comfort and protection. The occlusal plate absorbs the pressure that is exerted on the teeth and TMJ. The patient wears the bite plate at night to protect the teeth from unconscious grinding.

Dr. Seica is qualified to perform a complete TMJ examination thanks to her training with the Canadian Occlusion Institute. This examination consists of palpating the muscles responsible for chewing to check for pain or tension. The dentist will also check for any cracking, popping or deviations of the jaw. She also manipulates your lower jaw to check for slippage or interfering contacts. This complete TMJ examination, performed prior to taking digital impressions of the patient’s teeth, allows us to make a complete diagnosis so that we can properly monitor the
patient’s condition.

Our tips for
the optimal use of your
of your occlusal plate

Wearing and maintenance of the occlusal plate

  • Mouth insertion: At home, before inserting your bite plate, run it under warm tap water for about 30 seconds. Since it is specially designed for your teeth, it will fit perfectly.
  • Removing the bite plate: Before removing your bite plate, rinse your mouth with warm water for about 10 seconds and gently remove it.
  • Maintenance: You can clean your bite plate with a toothbrush that has soft or extra soft bristles, and a gel toothpaste (usually less abrasive than toothpaste sold in paste form).

How long does an occlusal plate last ?
Depending on the severity of the bruxism problem, the life span of an occlusal plate can vary. It is usually necessary to change it after a few years, to continue to obtain optimal protection against the damage associated with teeth grinding.

If you have any doubts about your condition, come and see Dr. Seica and her team. After a complete examination, we will recommend the best solution for you.