Clenching (Bruxism)

Bruxism, also known as clenching or grinding of the teeth, is a condition that causes the individual to clenching, grinding or rubbing their teeth together. Clenching or grinding your teeth unconsciously are just a few of these problems. Sleep bruxism is normally characterized as a sleep-related movement disorder. Muscle activity with clenching during sleep is 3 times higher than that of normal individuals. In addition, the strength of muscle contractions is higher than when awake.


What Are the Symptoms of Bruxism?


Among the symptoms of bruxism, damage to the teeth such as breakage, abrasion, shaking, and an increase in gum disease and bone loss disorders come first. Hot-cold sensitivity, jaw pain, and limitation of movement can also be signs of bruxism. Joint pain as a result of damage to the jaw joint, voice or jaw locking, rarely headache, neck pain can be counted among the symptoms of bruxism.


  • Loud grinding of teeth during sleep
  • Increased toothache due to interlocking
  • Tooth sensitivity, chipped or cracked teeth
  • Pain in the jaw, neck and face
  • Tooth enamel that erodes to expose the deep layers of the tooth
  • Pain felt in the form of earache, even if there is no discomfort in the ear
  • Pain that starts at the temples
  • Sleeping disorder
  • Damage to the inner part of the cheeks caused by chewing
  • A locked jaw that does not open or close completely with tired or contracted jaw muscles


Individuals who have any or more of the above symptoms and have other concerns about the teeth or jaw should consult a specialist dentist as soon as possible. It causes serious damage to the teeth and jaw joint in patients with neglected and delayed bruxism.