Teeth grinding (Bruxism)
Bruxism is the medical term for unconscious teeth clenching and grinding, either while awake or asleep. This can lead to physical, painful and severe dental problems. Chronic teeth grinding can cause headache, earaches, and facial pain. Dental problems from bruxism include lose of tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and flattening and/or chipping of the teeth. Bruxism sufferers who grind and clench their teeth while sleeping frequently wake up with a sore jaw. Enlargement of the masseter muscle, which may lead to the appearance of a severe square jaw, is another side effect of bruxism. Treatments with Botulinum Toxin Type A, commonly known as Botox, can provide tremendous relief from jaw soreness, headaches, and other unpleasant problems associated with Bruxism. Botox treatments for Bruxism can also soften the appearance of the jaw line.
Treatment for Bruxism
By injecting small doses of Botox directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not effected at all by the Botox.
Effectiveness of Botox for Bruxism
Although botox injections are not a cure for bruxism, they can effectively control the uncomfortable symptoms better than a nightguard for most patients. Botox used for treating bruxism typically lasts for three to four months.
If you suffer with Bruxism and would like to discuss receiving Botox treatment, please call for a free consultation on 07793 076 153