BRUXISM (CLENCHING AND GRINDING TEETH)

Temporomandibular joint disorders are fairly common and may affect people's quality of life in society seriously. TMJ  disorders are  not only about the jaws, but also about the pain in the eyes, ears, nose and throat. Most patients present with pain in the head and neck region. It is important to diagnose TMJ disorders accurately and on time. This site can be a guide to you.


If you think you have TMJ disorders;
Pay attention to your diet and try to consume soft foods, avoid chewing gum, and avoid extreme jaw movements (opening your mouth wide or extreme lateral movements).

Antiinflammatories can be used if severe pain is present.


Attention treatments which may effect the occlusion should be done really carefully, such as crowns, bridges, orthodontic treatment, or treatments of eroded teeth. 
 

TEMPOROMANDIBULAR JOINT DISORDERS

Temporomandibular joint disorders involve a set of problems concerning the soft and hard tissue around the masticatory muscles. The disorders may arise from problems with the masticatory muscles, the joint itself, or both. The problem may appear in a single side as in right or left, or both sides.  

 

CLINICAL SIGNS OF TEMPOROMADIBULAR JOINT DISORDERS

There are mainly four signs;

 

Other common symptoms are

 

TREATMENT OF BRUXISM

Bruxism has no known definite cure. However, for the purpose of dental treatment options are to prevent damage and side effects of bruxism.

BOTOX (BOTULINUM TOXIN)

Botulinum toxin, Clostridium botulinum is a toxin acting on the nervous system produced by a bacterium. Botulinum toxin is used in many medical areas today for aesthetic and therapeutic purposes. The toxin, when injected to the main masticatory muscle: masseter muscle, reduces the activity of the muscle and temporarily slows down bruxism. When the muscle can't contract, the heavy action around the TMJ also reduces, and the pain is treated. It should also be known that the effect of botox is only temporary and a long term TMJ treatment should be held.