Clenching (Bruxism) and Jaw Joint Diseases

Sometimes while eating, yawning, talking, my chin makes a noise, is this normal? Or is it my chin?

The jaw joint consists of 3 sections; It consists of a structure known as cartilage in the middle of the public as a disc in medicine so that the head principle, the lower jawbone and the two bones can work comfortably without rubbing against each other. This sound is caused by the change in the position of the disc. This sound is not jaw popping.

What are teeth grinding and clenching?

Teeth clenching and grinding is the condition of clenching and clenching the teeth, which is generally observed while sleeping, triggered by the tension of the individual during the day. It is an unusual situation. If left untreated, it can cause tooth fracture, gum recession and joint disorders.

Why do we only grind at night?

Contrary to what is known, the patient may grind their teeth during the day. The person should be aware of this and prevent it.

Is it normal to wake up in the morning with a headache and neck pain?

Although headache and neck pain are due to many different reasons, especially the morning pain makes us think of teeth grinding disease.

What is the treatment for teeth clenching and grinding?

According to the measurements taken from the patient, night plates are made in special thicknesses according to the severity of bruxism of the person. In addition, some physical therapies are explained, and if there is spasm in the muscles, medication is applied. When necessary, laser therapy is applied to resolve inflammation in the muscles.

I can’t open my jaw much and I have pain. Could my jaw be protruding?

The inability to open the jaw and the presence of pain define us not the jaw protrusion, but the closed locking disease. If the complaint of not being able to open the mouth after a detailed examination is muscular or joint, it is diagnosed and treated accordingly.

What are the causes of jaw joint disorders?

Long-term untreated clenching and grinding

Unilateral chewing habit in the patient

One-sided chewing due to missing teeth

Unusual habits (like pen biting, thumb sucking)

Truthless dentures and fillings

Major orthodontic disorders in the jaws

What is used in the treatment of jaw joint diseases?

An occlusal splint is used in the treatment of the jaw joint. The patient is given a long list of do’s and don’ts.

When does my joint disease get better and when should I come for control?

In general, an occlusal splint is called one to two weeks after it is used, and then the 3rd month is called. In joint diseases, a complete improvement may not be seen according to the severity of the disease. The aim here is for the patient to transition into his daily life without any discomfort.

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