Teeth grinding is an unconscious habit emerging during periods of anger or stress while being awake or asleep and it is quite common. Once the person is aware of his/her condition, this behaviour can be stopped or reduced with various treatments. Bruxism, mostly known as tooth clenching or grinding, is an oral disease that should not be left untreated.
What is Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)?
Tooth grinding, or Bruxism, is a condition that occurs when people grind or clench their teeth. This discomfort can occur by unconsciously clenching your teeth while awake (awake bruxism) or by clenching teeth during sleep (sleep bruxism). People who clench or grind their teeth during sleep are more likely to have other sleep disorders such as snoring and shortness of breath (sleep apnea). In some people, teeth grinding can be frequent and severe enough to cause jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth, and other problems.
What Causes Teeth Grinding(Bruxism)?
The exact cause of sleep bruxism is still unknown, but it has been found to be associated with various factors such as daily stress, anxiety, sleep apnea, high snoring, heavy alcohol use, caffeine, smoking, and antidepressant medications. Scientific studies have shown that there is an increase in brain activity and heart rate before teeth grinding occurs during sleep. This suggests that the central nervous system may play an important role in teeth grinding.
So, how bruxism can be treated?
B0t0x for Teeth Grinding
By injecting small doses of “botulinum toxin” 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 dramatically relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. In this way, headaches should be reduced or eliminated as well. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not affected at all by B0t0ks.
Does B0t0x for Teeth Grinding Hurt?
B0t0x for Tooth Grinding is a no-pain procedure and there’s no downtime so that you can return to your everyday life immediately following the treatment.
How quickly will I see the results?
Patients will continue to see improvements over the following weeks.
Is there any side effects?
It has no side effects. In some cases, there may be mild bruising, however this is extremely rare and can easily be covered with makeup.