Background to Bruxism
This malposition effects the lower jawbone (mandible) and the two upper jawbones (maxilla). By way of explanation: The skull (cranium) is made up of various bone parts, pairwise and unpaired. The connection between the skull parts is by no means fixed but provides for a certain amount of mobility. The eye socket is not simply a hole in the skull but rather the connection between seven skull bones, paired and unpaired.
In the jaw the connection between a paired and two unpaired bones is constantly moving during the day e.g. when eating or speaking. Therefore malpositions are primarily noticeable and disturbing during the night, when the afflicted person feels this malposition and constantly tries to correct or alleviate it.
The burning questions are therefore:
- What distorts the connection between the bones again and again?
- Why does the disturbance only occur during the night? Can it be dealt with, corrected?
- Is a dental intervention necessary?
- Is it actually a psychological disorder?
- What therapies are effective?
Permanent fatigue is an observable consequence of this long standing nightly disturbances.