Sleep bruxism. Conceptual review and update

Med Oral Patol Oral Cir Bucal. 2011 Mar 1;16(2):e231-8. doi: 10.4317/medoral.16.e231.


Sleep bruxism (SB) is a parafunctional oromotor habit that can sometimes pose a threat to the integrity of the structures of the masticatory system if the magnitude and direction of the forces exerted exceed the system 's adaptive capacity. Over the years science has tried to provide a consistent explanation of the etiopathogenesis and physiopathology of SB, although the pathophysiological mechanisms are even now not yet fully understood. There is at present no specific, effective treatment to eliminate the habit of bruxism permanently. There are only palliative therapeutic alternatives steered at preventing the pathological effects of SB on the stomatognathic system and alleviating the negative clinical consequences of the habit. The objective of this article is to review and update the fundamental scientific concepts of SB and to furnish an approach to the main types of therapy used, based on the scientific literature.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Humans
  • Sleep Bruxism* / diagnosis
  • Sleep Bruxism* / etiology
  • Sleep Bruxism* / physiopathology
  • Sleep Bruxism* / therapy