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Bruxism & Clenching

Current Pricing: Starting at $450

Bruxism is a common dental condition characterized by the involuntary grinding or clenching of teeth, often during sleep but also occasionally during wakefulness. It can lead to various dental problems, such as tooth damage, jaw pain, headaches, and facial muscle tension. One potential treatment for bruxism, particularly for cases that involve muscle-related symptoms, is the use of anti-wrinkle injections, specifically botulinum toxin injections.

Anti-wrinkle injections can be effective in treating bruxism by targeting the overactive muscles responsible for jaw clenching and teeth grinding. When injected into the jaw muscles, the botulinum toxin temporarily relaxes them, reducing the force and intensity of grinding and clenching. This not only provides relief from the associated symptoms, such as jaw pain and headaches, but also protects the teeth from excessive wear and damage. The treatment is typically administered by a qualified healthcare professional or dentist who is experienced in facial anatomy.

All your questions answered!

What is bruxism?

Bruxism is continuous grinding or clenching of teeth, usually occurring during sleep or unconsciously during waking hours.

What causes bruxism?

The exact causes of bruxism can vary but may include stress, anxiety, misaligned teeth, sleep disorders, and lifestyle factors.

How can I tell if I have bruxism?

Common signs include worn tooth enamel, jaw pain, headaches, facial pain, sensitive teeth, and disruptions in sleep patterns.

Is bruxism harmful?

Yes, bruxism can lead to dental issues such as worn-down teeth, fractures, and muscle pain. It may also contribute to temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders.

Can bruxism be treated with medication?

Neurotoxin medications, such as Botox and Dysport can be injected into the jaw muscles to cause them to relax. By doing so the jaw muscles looses its strength, preventing the severity for grinding.

How often would I need neurotoxin injections to treat bruxism?

On average 4-6 monthly.

What are the potential side effects of this treatment?

In rare cases, asymmetry may be noted when smiling. However, this is only temporary.

What is a nightguard, and how does it help with bruxism?

A nightguard is a custom-fitted dental appliance that is worn during sleep to prevent teeth grinding and protect against dental damage.

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