BRUXISM and TOOTH GRINDING
Clenching is a condition that occurs with the continuous activity of the chewing muscles during the day or night and may also be accompanied by grinding of the teeth. Many patients continue their daily life without knowing that they clench their teeth for many years. It is often detected during clinical examination. Clenching can be caused by one or more reasons such as stressful daily life, disorders of the jaw structure or nervous system or side effects of some drugs. If the clenching habit is not treated, teeth corrosion, sensitivities, gingival problems may occur, as well as fatigue of the jaw muscles in the morning, asymmetry on the face, headaches, neck pain, and further, joint problems may be added. Occlusal splints, known as night protectors, are often recommended for treatment. Night protectors reduce tooth contact, thus reducing corrosion.