Tooth Clenching (Bruxism)

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Tooth Clenching, Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

Bruxism is the behavior of involuntary clenching or grinding teeth for a long time during the day. This situation usually increases during sleep and its intensity may vary depending on the stress situation. The severity of the disease increases with the strengthening of the chewing muscle.

What symptoms can be observed in bruxism patients?

Pain may occur on the cheek muscle and at the level of the jaw joint. Ache; In later periods, it can be observed on the temples, neck and shoulder. It is usually severe in the morning hours. There may also be pain and a clicking sound in the joints during mouth opening and closing movements. Swaying, abrasions and fractures can be seen in the teeth. Due to these conditions, tooth sensitivity may develop.

What are the treatment options for bruxism?

Protective plates can be prepared or botox can be applied to the chewing muscle in order to relax the chewing muscle and eliminate the complaints. If bruxism is caused by unwanted tooth contact, the procedure should be supported by appropriate dental treatments. Depending on the level of the discomfort, muscle relaxants or psychotherapy may be required. In advanced diseases, it may be necessary to wash the joint inside.

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