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What is Tooth Tightening?

Tooth clenching, in other words, bruxism, is a condition that occurs during sleep or while awake and usually occurs due to stress. Tooth tightening, which can be seen in every person, is extremely harmful from the point of view of dental health.

Bruxism, also known as tooth clenching or teeth grinding, is characterized by a person clenching, grinding, or rubbing their teeth together. People with bruxism problems may also experience problems such as clenching or grinding their teeth while awake.

People who clench or grind their teeth during sleep have a risk of developing sleep disorders such as snoring and pausing breathing, in other words, sleep apnea. Although mild cases of bruxism can improve without the need for any treatment, some people may experience severe cases of bruxism, which can cause jaw disorders, headaches, damage to teeth and many other problems.

It is usually not possible for a person to realize that he has a bruxism problem until some symptoms appear. Therefore, it is important to know the signs of bruxism and not to neglect dental care.

What Causes Tooth Clenching?

Although there is no known exact cause of tooth clenching or grinding, it is possible to mention some of the findings that cause tooth clenching. The most common causes of tooth clenching can be listed as follows:

  • Stress
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Snoring
  • Sleep apnea and similar sleep problems
  • Smoking
  • The use of certain antidepressants and medications
  • Consuming too much alcohol and caffeine
  • The use of certain narcotic substances

Tooth tightening while sleeping or awake is a problem that can be seen in any age group. However, tooth clenching during sleep is more common in children and teenagers. The nocturnal tooth tightening condition seen in the early period mostly ends during adulthood or with the emergence of permanent teeth.

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How is Tooth Tightening Treatment Applied?

It is important for people who have tooth tightening and grinding problems to contact a dentist and act in accordance with his recommendations. The treatment plan to be applied is determined on a patient-specific basis according to the damage to the teeth. The treatments to be applied for the purpose of tooth tightening treatment can be listed as follows:

  • Repair of tooth damage caused by tooth tightening
  • Occurrence of various types of tooth wear, such as erosion
  • Evaluation of sleep apnea and similar sleep-related risk factors
  • Using a tooth tightening device or a tooth tightening plate to prevent further damage to the teeth

What are the Symptoms and Types of Tooth Tightening?

Tooth tightening is a problem that can be seen with different symptoms in each age group. It is possible to list the symptoms that are often seen in people who have involuntary tooth tightening problems as follows:

  • Clenching or grinding of teeth loudly enough to cause the person next to you to wake up during sleep
  • Fracture, chipping, loosening or flattening of the teeth
  • Due to the wear on the tooth enamel, the deep layers of the tooth are exposed
  • Experiencing increasing toothache
  • The jaw muscles are tired or tense, or the jaw opens and closes completely, Novates or locks
  • Increased tooth sensitivity
  • The occurrence of pain or a feeling of pain in the jaw, face or neck
  • Although there are no problems with the ears, there is a feeling of pain reminiscent of ear pain
  • Formation of damaged tissues in the inner part of the cheek due to chewing
  • Experiencing a dull headache in the temples
  • Disruption of the sleep process

The tooth clenching problem that occurs during a person's sleep is called “sleep bruxism”, and the tooth clenching problem that occurs when a person is awake is called “awake bruxism”.

How is a Tooth Tightening Diagnosis Made?

The diagnosis of tooth tightening can be made by a comprehensive physical examination performed by a dentist. At this stage, the appearance of worn tooth enamel, enlarged jaw muscles, broken and chipped teeth in the patient may be the elements that guide the diagnosis. Nov. On the other hand, the cause of the abrasions observed on the teeth may also be the corrosive substances in the toothpastes, excessive and uncontrolled brushing of the teeth, acidic, alcoholic beverages and sweeteners. In order for the distinction to be made and the diagnosis to be made correctly, it is necessary to contact specialist and experienced dentists.

Tooth Tightening Treatment Methods

There are different methods that can be applied for the purpose of tooth tightening treatment. Which method will be applied is determined on a patient-specific basis after determining the underlying cause of the problem.

Using plaque at night during sleep is one of the most commonly used methods to treat tooth tightening problems. When night plaque is used, grinding of teeth and damage to teeth can be prevented during the night. Night plaques are produced according to the measurements taken from each patient. Transparent and personalized night plaques are usually worn by patients with tooth clenching and grinding problems before going to sleep. Thus, the risk of deformation of the jaw joint can be minimized over time. Another feature of transparent dental plaques is that it is an effective method to solve extremely severe tooth clenching and grinding problems that can cause fractures in the teeth and fillings. However, night plaque is a protective method and it is not possible for it to definitively eliminate bruxism disease.

When bruxism is caused by stress, the first step is to eliminate the factors that cause stress. It may be necessary to get psychological support for this. In addition, various activities such as listening to music, walking, reading books, and meditation can help reduce stress levels.

When people with bruxism problems close their mouth, the need for crowns, fillings or orthodontic treatment may arise in cases where the lower and upper teeth do not fit exactly on top of each other. In order for the closure to occur normally, patient-specific treatment should be planned.

After the patient-specific evaluations, the dental botox procedure can be performed if the dentist deems it necessary. The function of the muscle in the area where Botox is injected is temporarily reduced and muscle relaxation is provided. Nov.1, Nov. Which dose of medication will be injected during dental botox treatment and which area will be injected may vary depending on the gender, anatomical structure, November, muscle mass, skin thickness of the patient and the degree of bruxism.

Correctly identifying the underlying cause can ensure that the correct treatment is applied and the problem of tooth tightening is eliminated. If the correct treatment is applied and regular checks are made, the problem of tooth tightening is usually completely and permanently eliminated. Since the tooth tightening problem is of psychological origin in most patients, follow-up should not be stopped even in cases where it is considered to have completely disappeared.

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What Is Being Done To Prevent Tooth Clenching?

Some measures that can be taken to prevent tooth tightening problem are listed below:

  • Reducing alcohol, cigarette and caffeine consumption
  • Taking care not to chew gum in order to prevent wear on the teeth and wear on the jaw joints
  • Applying a light heat compress to prevent severe pain and November contractions in the muscles
  • Reducing stress or being able to keep stress under control
  • To benefit from various relaxation techniques, especially breathing exercises and meditation
  • To receive support in necessary cases

In addition, in patients where the tooth tightening problem develops due to various medical conditions, such as epilepsy, reflux, or sleep apnea, it is necessary to treat the underlying disease of the tooth tightening problem or plan a treatment to alleviate the symptoms. Oct. Since the tooth tightening problem usually causes similar symptoms to other oral and dental health diseases, taking due care not to disrupt routine dental examinations can provide an advantage in terms of early diagnosis and treatment of the problem. In this way, it may be possible to improve the patient's quality of life.

Last Updated: May 7th, 2024
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