Oral, Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery Specialist Dr. Mehmet Askar stated that anxiety disorders have increased with the pandemic period and said, “The most common reason for the habit of clenching is stress, increased anxiety and fears that we cannot cope with. With the pandemic, the anxiety level of our society has increased considerably. With the increasing anxiety disorders, teeth clenching was also triggered. The number of patients who applied to the clinics with complaints related to clenching has increased compared to the previous years.
‘EVEN THE SHAPE OF FACE CAN CHANGE’
Askar noted that in some patients, chewing muscles were hypertrophied due to clenching and even the face shape of the patients could change. Askar stated that, regarding the treatment of teeth clenching, first of all, the medical history of the patient should be taken from the patient in detail, and the medical condition should be questioned and a planning should be made for the patient-specific factor. Thus, if the patient clenches his teeth during the day, he will be able to control his habit up to a point.
Today, the most effective treatment for clenching teeth is botox application, which is also used in different areas for aesthetic purposes. It has also been proven by scientific studies that botox applied to the chewing muscles significantly reduces the effects of clenching. The use of splints specially planned for the patient for the habit of clenching also aims to relax the muscles, reduce the overload transmitted to the joint and prevent wear and cracks in the teeth. It is often recommended as a supportive treatment after Botox application.