Teeth clenched during the day due to tension or at night while sleeping are the harbingers of many ailments. What should be considered about the habit of clenching teeth and Uz. from Memorial Bahçelievler Hospital Oral and Dental Health Department. Dr. Esma Geçkili gave information about teeth clenching and grinding.
Clenching leads to these 7 issues
Many people involuntarily experience a surge of tension during the day or at night for reasons such as workload and daily intensity. This tension is reflected in the physiology from time to time and can obviously lead to an increase in the involuntary behavior of individuals. The habit of clenching teeth is also in the first place in the middle of these behaviors.
Clenching is an involuntary chewing system disorder that causes various mishaps in the hard and soft tissues of the mouth, which occurs in the form of teeth grinding or clenching during the day and during sleep. It is very common for individuals to keep their teeth in contact and apply force to them during daily activities. These types of activities are also seen when concentrating on something during the day or when heavy physical strength is exerted.
If you’re always clenching your teeth because of stress…
Clenching can develop depending on psychological, genetic and tension factors. Comorbid psychiatric symptoms have been observed in many patients. In studies on this syndrome, it is known that patients need to be evaluated psychologically and psychiatrically. Psychological factors can increase the existing pain and the severity of complaints and reduce the response to the treatments applied to relieve pain. In the studies carried out, an increase in teeth clenching or grinding is observed after stressful and tiring days. It is known that these habits are associated with anxiety, border, fear and depression.
7 problems caused by clenching
As a result of clenching, tensions and pain occur in the teeth, joints, tissues.
Clenching teeth can cause tooth wear.
-As long as the clenching continues, the damage in the oral region increases; Cracks in the tooth enamel, sensitivity in the teeth, enamel fractures and discoloration can be seen.
In the long term, bone resorption and gingival recession may be encountered.
– Most of those who continue their clenching may need extensive restorations.
– May cause headache.
-Teeth clenching and grinding cause growth in facial muscles and chewing muscles. This can cause a square chin appearance in the long term. In addition, pain, tenderness, fatigue and functional limitation are seen in these muscles.
How is teeth grinding treatment done?
A number of treatment techniques are applied against teeth grinding or clenching problems. Dentists should always resort to reversible conservative treatments in the first stage. One of these techniques is the transparent plates used to cut the contact of the teeth with each other. Antidepressant drugs or muscle relaxants can be prescribed under the supervision of a doctor in individuals with excessive clenching. The drug is not a treatment procedure alone, but should definitely be used together with a clear aligner. With regular inspections, long and short term losses can be prevented.