Dentist Pertev Kökdemir answered the questions about ‘Bruxism’, which causes clenching of the teeth due to the stress experienced in daily life:
Night awareness If you are clenching your teeth and waking up with jaw pain in the morning, you may be suffering from bruxism, one of the most important diseases of stress. Dentist Pertev Kökdemir answered the questions about the teeth clenching problem and its treatment for Pudra.com readers.
Clenching is more common in whom?
Dentist Pertev Kökdemir: Clenching is a condition caused by stress. However, existing missing teeth in the mouth, incorrectly made porcelain bridges and incorrect fillings can also cause clenching as they negatively affect jaw closure. Managers and employees who are under intense stress and students who are especially in exam periods; They may grind their teeth more than other people.
Does work or school stress cause clenching?
Dentist Pertev Kökdemir: Yes, clenching is a common situation today, as both school life and exam stress and the stress of business life are high. Although it is mostly seen at night when the person is stressed, it can also be seen during the day.
What kind of damage does clenching teeth cause?
Dentist Pertev Kökdemir: Clenching can cause abrasions and fractures in tooth enamel and existing porcelain restorations or fillings. At the same time, depending on the decrease in the joint fluid in the jaw joint, it can cause abrasions in the joint head and socket, difficulties in opening the mouth and pain.
How is the treatment of clenching problem?
Dentist Pertev Kökdemir: Teeth clenching can be reduced by botox treatment applied to the facial muscles. In addition, the damage to the teeth and joint can be reduced with special transparent plaques prepared according to the patient’s mouth size. Surgical interventions may be required in advanced joint problems.
Is there any treatment for damages caused by clenching?
Dentist Pertev Kökdemir: After the necessary treatments are done, the worn teeth are covered with porcelain veneers and both are protected and the decreased face height is restored to the patient.
Is clenching also seen in children?
Dentist Pertev Kökdemir: Especially in the mixed dentition period (ie the period in which children have both primary and permanent teeth in their mouths), since there is no complete occlusion (ie children cannot bring their teeth into a balanced closure) ) teeth grinding may occur and this is mostly normal.
What happens if a person who grinds their teeth does not receive treatment?
Dentist Pertev Kökdemir: The enamel layer on your teeth is destroyed due to abrasions. While this causes a tooth structure that is open to decay and infection, it also creates an aesthetically unpleasant appearance. Serious problems and aesthetic problems occur in the jaw joints with the decrease in the face height of the patient due to abrasions and the older appearance.