Why Do We Tighten Our Teeth? How Can We Avoid?
Recently, excessive stress and fear have revealed the problems of tooth tightening (bruxism), which is manifested by jaw pain in many of our patients.
Squeezing is an unconscious problem when teeth are awake or asleep, which may cause pain and serious dental problems by grinding the teeth.
Dental problems caused by bruxism include wearing of tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and flattening and / or cracking of the teeth. Patients with astringent who clench their teeth while sleeping and awake often suffer from jaw pain. Thickening of the jaw muscles can cause this to be a vicious circle, with more severe clenching and pain.
In dental clenching problems, intraoral examinations and controls should be performed first. Old and incompatible restorations, presence of infection, and teeth closing disorders can also cause tooth tightening.
Orthodontics (wire treatment) or restorative treatments should be performed in order to correct closing disorders in tooth tightening problems. In some cases, tooth closures can be corrected with functional chin orthopedics.
The presence of spasm (Tension) of the muscles of the head and neck should be investigated in cases of teething still continuing after all oral treatments are finished. Again, psychiatric diseases and stress have a great effect on clenching. In these cases, relaxing botox applications to the head, neck and chin muscles are among the most appropriate treatment options.
Botox treatments containing botulinum toxin are done intramuscularly and reduce the high tension and pain conditions of the muscles. In addition to dental tightening, Botox treatments also help soften the appearance of the jaw line as it reduces muscle tension.
By injecting small doses of botulinum toxin directly into the muscles of the jaw, it stops involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscles and reduces wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage causing the jaw joint and headaches is reduced or eliminated. When necessary, its effectiveness can be increased by applying to the head and neck muscles other than the chin muscles. The voluntary movements such as chewing and facial expressions are definitely not affected by botox injection.
Although Botox treatments are not a permanent treatment, for some patients, they can provide the ability to effectively control night-time gnashing against the irritating symptoms. The effect of Botox applications lasts 4-6 months. At the end of this period, the botox injection should be repeated by the physician.
The problem of clenching unconsciously will cause you to start the day with stress and your teeth to deteriorate. Let's eliminate the problem and secure your teeth!