Bruxism (Grinding or Clenching Of The Teeth)
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism; In today’s world, while individuals are struggling with the flow of life, they may have intense stress and anxiety.
Individuals may feel under pressure to try to get rid of this situation and they mentally dragged away to a more chaotic situation.
Individuals who are trying to overcoming the stress elements of bruxism, the individual’s subconscious is usually activated in the free time, while the individual is asleep. while the individual is sleeping these elements causes to apply physiological pressure and let them involuntarily grind or clench jaws. This disease is called bruxism, individuals suffering from this disease are called a bruxist patient.
Bruxism patients may not realize that they are grinding or clenching their teeth during sleep for a long time; until teeth, gums, jawbones, and joint pain emerged. In general, bruxist patients who come to our clinic due to the increased joint pain over time. But over time, many damage and harms can occur to the teeth and joints; the most common symptom is abrasions occurring on the tooth surfaces and causing loss of enamel layer of the tooth. With abrasions, the surface and root of the teeth are weakened; teeth become more prone and more fragile to crack. Loose tooth and cracking problems may occur in the teeth as well as micro-scale fractures which let to caries formation. Also, there may be dentin sensitivity in the teeth and gums. As a result of the pressure applied to the teeth, loss in the gums and bone can occur.
Bruxism can cause headaches especially because it will cause pain in the temporal area due to the strong pressure applied to the jaw bone and joints. Bruxism is a serious obstacle for sleep quality, and bruxist patients wake up tired because they are sleep deprived. Therefore, bruxism also triggers sleep problems.
What are Bruxism Treatment Methods?
The first treatment method that we recommend to our bruxist patients is the nightguards that the patient will put on their mouths before sleep. We aim to prevent the symptoms that may occur due to teeth grinding with these transparent protective plaques prepared according to the impression taken from the mouth of our patient in our clinic and to protect the dental and oral health. While at the same time improving the sleep comfort of our patient with night guards. In this way, pressure due to teeth grinding occurs and the pressure applied to the joints would disappear; therefore, the formation of abrasion and joint pain is prevented.
Another treatment method that we apply clinically to bruxist patients is the botox applications, which is an application that none may think of. Botox treatment, which we generally associate with facial plastic surgery operations, is a treatment method we use in individuals with severe bruxism. Thanks to the botox injection into the masseter(cheek) muscles, which perform the chewing function, we resolve the contractions and teach the muscles not to contract uncontrollably. Thus, the muscles abandon their contraction reflexes during sleep, and over time this becomes a habit. In the process after the procedure, the chewing function is not affected in any way and provide functions healthfully.