Bruxism is a parafunctional activity characterised by clenching or grinding of teeth without a functional purpose such as chewing and grinding.
Morphological, psychological and parafunctional factors are effective in its formation.
Bruxism can occur during sleep or awake.
Bruxism can lead to problems such as fractures and abrasions in the teeth, loss of support to periodontal tissues and mobility, pain in the chewing system and orofacial region, and temperomandibular joint dysfunction.
At this point, “trigger point” comes to mind. Trigger points are painful and sensitive points on the muscles that usually develop on the basis of tense bands. In fact, these sensitive points are also called “Kulunç” among the people. Trigger points reduce the quality of life by causing stiffness and limitation of movement as well as pain and tenderness.
Trigger point occurs as a result of bruxism or trigger point can cause bruxism. As a result of trigger points in the masticatory muscles, the muscles cannot relax and they always want to close in their comfortable closing position (occlusion). Due to the presence of trigger points, this is reflected as a bruxism habit in the person.
As a result of bruxism, people may experience pain in the jaw when they wake up in the morning, abrasion and sensitivity in the teeth, pain in the jaw joint area, pain in front of and behind the ear, headache. It can even trigger migraine.
Neural therapy applied in trigger point treatment reduces tooth clenching by releasing the trigger points in the muscles and positioning the chewing muscles in a comfortable position.
After the preliminary examination of the patient, the physician shares with the patient how many sessions of neural therapy will be required.
In the holistic dentistry perspective, the physician supports the patient in the maintenance of the relieved bruxism condition by providing certain nutritional supplements to the patient.
For example, recent studies have found that the vitamin D value in patients with bruxism is lower than normal and calcium absorption is low in the body.
The physician guides the continuity of the patient’s well-being with such arrangements and recommendations.