Bruxism – teeth grinding treatment with Muscle Relaxant Injections
Bruxism is a habit that affects approximately 8-10% of the population.
It is broadly characterised by grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw that causes tooth wear and breakage, disorders of the jaw (pain and limited movement) and headache. Most people grind and/or clench their teeth occasionally to a certain degree.
Bruxism is classified into awake bruxism and asleep bruxism.
Awake bruxism is characterised by involuntary clenching of the teeth and jaw bracing in reaction to certain stimuli.
Asleep bruxism is characterised by automatic teeth grinding with rhythmic and sustained jaw muscle contractions. Stress and anxiety are also known to exacerbate teeth grinding during sleep.
Symptoms of Bruxism
Physical symptoms: headache, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) discomfort and muscle aches, facial myalgia (muscle pain), ear ache, tightness and stiffness of the shoulders, limitation of mouth opening and sleep disruption.
Headache is to be the most commonly cited area of pain and it is estimated that bruxists are three times more likely to suffer headache than non-bruxists.
Individuals with long-standing bruxism appear to be more likely to have craniofacial pain than non-bruxists.
Oral symptoms: abnormal tooth wear, fracture of the teeth, inflammation and recession of the gums, excess tooth mobility and premature loss of teeth.
Some of the adverse effects are short-term and disappear when the bruxism ceases. Others sadly, are long-term or even permanent.
Your Bruxism / TMJ Specialis:
Miss Monica Berrange
BEFORE & AFTER
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Long-term effects of Bruxism
There is no specific cure for Bruxism and it is important to manage the consequences of the disorder.
Many of you suffer this excruciating pain several days a week, and whether this happens to you every week or a few times a year, there is a good chance that Botulinum Toxin Type A injections could help you to manage your condition.
Botulinum Toxin Type A is administered by intramuscular injection and the relaxing effects will last for 3-4 months. Recently, the therapeutic uses of Botulinum Toxin have expanded exponentially to include a wide range of medical and surgical conditions. This has been aided by a greater understanding of its underlying physiology as well as improved efficacy and safety. The evidence on Botulinum Toxin Type A usage in non-cosmetic conditions of the head and neck is convincing and from research to-date, we should consider botulinum toxin to be just as safe and effective as other treatments.
At FACEmed Centre, lead medical and aesthetic practitioner Miss Monica Berrange routinely helps her patients to minimise clenching/grinding of the teeth and reduce tension headaches and sleepless nights. Some of her patients are now headache free after decades of suffering. Even if your migraines or headaches are more complex and involve more than just your muscles, Botulinum Toxin Type A can eliminate the portion of your pain that comes from these muscles and might offer you some relief from your suffering.