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Zahnheilkunde 1. Jänner 1970

Tooth clenching as a risk factor for temporomandibular disorders

Tooth clenching, more than tooth grinding, is considered one of the most detrimental oral parafunctional activities and has been implicated as an important factor in the etiology and maintenance of temporomandibular disorders (TMD). This frequent parafunctional behavior is of major concern to dentists because of its possible consequences on the different components of the stomatognathic system as excessive occlusal forces are able to cause dental restoration and/or hard dental tissue breakdown (wear, cracks), periodontal breakdown (mobility) or TMD.

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