Do you grind your teeth during sleep? While this may seem harmless, bruxism actually poses a threat to the teeth, gums and joint areas. This due to the forces exerted when the teeth are ground together. Although there are still no known causes on why bruxism exists, most people in the medical field believe that it is because of the diet, posture, stresses, and sleeping habits.
Bruxism may exhibit early symptoms. You may start to feel facial discomfort and toothaches, which are tolerable at some point. However, chronic bruxism may lead to a more serious disorder – temporomandibular joint disorder, also known as TMJ.
Some of the short term effects of teeth grinding include:
- Migraines or Headaches
- Earaches and sinus pains
- Facial Myalgia, which are aches in the facial muscles and the jaw area
- Difficulty in opening the mouth wide
- Roommate/Partner may be disturbed by the noise of grinding teeth
- Potential tooth disintegration/loss
- Inflamed gums
Long-Term Bruxism Effects
If the condition is not controlled, it may cause long term effects such as:
- Severe migraines
- Clicking or popping sounds in the jaw joint proximity when mouth is opened
- Temporomandibular Joint disorder (TMJ)
- Damaged teeth
Bruxism often happens when a person is asleep, therefore becoming unaware of this condition. Symptoms such as sore jaws and endless headaches may be a warning sign of bruxism, although a feedback from a roommate can also be effective in determining bruxism. The most common treatment for bruxism was basically the use of a mouth guard, although now there is another breakthrough treatment for bruxism – Botox.
Botox is known for its aesthetic purposes, but is lately used for other medical purposes. It was used to treat eyelid spasms, wry necks and eye misalignments and was then eventually used to ease the pain of TMJ. The drug is injected into the temporalis and masseter muscles, which are major muscles of the face. These two muscles are the large muscles which hold bring the teeth together and allow people to close their mouth.
Botox for Bruxism Procedure
Each patient have different muscle sizes, thus the amount of Botox drug in the injection varies from person to person. Botox is then directly injected on the temporalis and masseter muscles, which then causes a jaw reduction and reduces the forces of spontaneous teeth-grinding and jaw clenching. The symptoms of Bruxism and TMJ usually disappear after two to three sessions with Botox, which is done gradually over the months. Unlike the effects of Botox on the face area (rigidity and difficulty in eye motions), Botox does not affect the ability of chewing and eating.
Thinking of getting Botox for your teeth clenching problem? You might want to consider a London Botox Clinic for massetter reduction. If so, take time for a consultation today. Your doctor can assess your situation to see if the Botox jaw reduction treatment is good for you.