Teeth Grinding - Bruxism (Clenching)


Teeth Grinding - Bruxism - Definition, Symptoms, Causes, Treatment

Teeth grinding (bruxism) definition

Teeth grinding (bruxism) is involuntary clenching, grinding and gnashing of the teeth (teeth are compressed by pressing them tightly) that usually happens during sleep. Stress, concentration problems and illegal drugs can cause bruxism (source >> Teeth grinding).

At night, the tooth stab at night is called "nocturnal bruxism". Sometimes, at the end of a stressful day, we may grind our teeth without realizing it!

Symptoms of bruxism

Tooth wheezing (bruxism), ear nose throat policlinics in patients who come with complaints of ear pain, can be overlooked. As a result of strong and rhythmically tightening of night teeth in stressed individuals and due to unknown factors:

- Significant headache, jaw joint and / or ear pain
- Fatigue and pain in the jaw
- Sound from night teeth
- Teeth surfaces wear or teeth cracking
- Have jaw joint problems (temporomandibular joint problems)
- Pain in the jaw area or in front of the ear (glenoid fossa region) when the mouth is opened
- Expansion of the jaw muscles
- Sound from the jaw when opening the mouth with time
- Heat sensitive teeth
- Having teeth marks on tongue
- Symptoms such as playing in teeth and tooth loss over time can be seen.

You can watch the animation video below:

Bruxism (Clenching and Grinding)

Video source >> Fournier Family Dentistry

One study reported that 8% of adults and one third of children had tooth grinding.

Different treatments such as medical treatment, stress-related treatments, special teeth (night wear of bite splints), mandibular advancement devices, osteopathy, botox application, hypnosis are tried in the treatment. If you want to browse a web page about the topic >> Bruxism (teeth grinding)Teeth Grinding (Bruxism): Causes and Treatments

Ear pain that can be mixed with ear infections

If you have pain in your ear, the source of the pain may not be the ear!

For a long time due to bruxism temporomanibu joint, joint capsule, joint and surrounding muscles affected bonds may occur, especially if the increased ear pain while eating and eating closing the open mouth. Unlike ear infections, fever, weakness, hearing loss and pressure in the ear are not seen. Increasing pain in the jaw joint region by opening and closing the mouth, subluxation of the jaw joint, and the sensation of painful areas of the masseter muscle may be different. In general, the eardrum is normal during the examination.

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