Excessive teeth grinding or bruxism occurs subconsciously by exerting a biting force to the jaw and teeth beyond that of normal function. This can happen excessively during sleep or when focusing on other things unknowingly.
What issues can bruxism cause?
Cumulative damage that is done over many years by bruxism and can cause:
- Teeth fracture
- Sensitive teeth
- Tight jaws
- Failure of dental restorations
- Breaking teeth
- Cracked fillings
- Jaw ache
- Neck and shoulder ache
Fractures, sensitivity and breakage in teeth is the result of cumulative damage over many years. The cracks may not appear until a person os in their 30’s and 40’s. Some cracks can be repaired with dental fillings, others may need root canal therapy or crowns, even tooth removal.
Anti-wrinkle solution injected into the masseters reduces the signals between the muscles and nerves. The result is less active jaw muscles, the muscles and signals are still present, however less intense with movement and therefore less grinding and clenching pressure is exerted onto the teeth and jaws.
How long does it last?
The effect lasts around four months by multiple injections to the area and takes a week to work.
Is there any downtime?
No, the patient can go straight back to work. It is a 10 minute painless treatment.
Is it painful?
No, It involves 4-6 tiny injections
What is the cost?
Costs depend on the size of the muscle and how frequently it is required.
Is there any pre or post care needed?
Most masseter muscles require 80 units and this last 6 months. Smaller muscles may only need 60 units but they will last less time.
Are there any side effects?
No, when performed by an experienced doctor.
Who can be treated?
Anyone with teeth grinding issues.