Grinding (Bruxism) & Clenching Of The Teeth (Treatment Of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders)
Teeth grinding & clenching are common among people and can be defined as unwanted excessive tooth contacts. The most important cause of grinding & clenching is stress; however, it may occur depending on orthodontic disorders (see Orthodontics). Many people are unaware of their excessive tooth contacts because this habit occasionally occurs during sleep. However, grinding & clenching can also occur during the day.
Long-term effects of teeth grinding & clenching:
- Wearing, fracturing, loosening and sensitivity of the teeth,
- Muscle and headaches,
- Growth in the masticatory muscles and facial asymmetry,
- Irritation of cheek mucosa,
- Jaw joint disorders.
Jaw joint disorders are observed in a variety of situations:
- Sound and pain from jaw joints during eating,
- Ringing in the ears (tinnitus),
- Limitation of mouth opening,
- Discomfort during lower jaw movements.
Night guards and protective plates are prepared according to the severity of grinding & clenching disorder, thus, protection of jaw joints and oral tissues is aimed.
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