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Parafunctional grinding or clenching of teeth is termed as Bruxism.
Bruxism may occur during sleep oe semiconsciously during wakefulness The causative factors may be neurologival or psychosocial stress,anxiety,local occlusal interferences etc. The excess prolonged occlusal force created during bruxism adversely affects the muscles and may cause undue stress and joint derangement. Tooth wear,broken restorations,muscle soreness and headaches are the aftermaths of Bruxism If affected with Temporomandibular joint ,there will be sounds in the joint like clicking,popping or crepitus. Treatment involves identifying the causative factors and correction of occlusion and use of splints as well as pharmacological measures .