Reasons For Clenching Teeth
Among the causes of bruxism or clenching;
Personality structure, Genetic factors, Medicines, Neurological or psychological problems, Stress and sleep disorders (such as sleep apnea, restless legs syndrome, migraine, etc.) can be effective.
How to Treat Clenching
The treatment that's right for you will depend on what's causing the problem. Your dentist can help you identify the likely source of bruxism by asking careful questions and thoroughly examining your teeth. Depending on the amount and possible cause of tooth damage, your dentist may recommend:
Wearing appliances while you sleep — Custom-made night aligners, which are fitted on the upper teeth to fit your teeth, protect the lower teeth from abrasion. While night plaque is a good option for managing bruxism, it is not a cure-all.
Finding ways to relax — Since daily stress is seen as the biggest cause of bruxism, activities that reduce stress such as listening to music, reading, going for a walk or taking a bath can work.
Counseling can also be a solution to learn effective ways to cope with stressful situations. Also, placing a warm, wet towel on the side of the face can help relieve muscle pain caused by clenching teeth.
Removing the “high point” of one or more teeth to correct the bite — An abnormal bite where teeth do not fit together can also be corrected with a new filling, crown, or orthodontic.