Bruxism is the unconscious teeth grinding and clenching of the jaw, which can happen when the patient is awake, but unaware they are doing it, or asleep. Chronic bruxism can cause headaches, facial pain and serious dental problems, such as increased tooth sensitivity and chipping of the teeth.
One possible treatment for bruxism is injecting small doses of botulinum toxin directly into the muscles that move the jaw in order to relax them. Injecting botulinum toxin into the masseter muscle weakens the muscle enough to stop the involuntary movements, reducing in this way the painful symptoms and the damage caused to the teeth.
Another possible treatment to preventing the damage to teeth is the provision of a night-guard. This can in certain individuals also reduce or stop headaches and facial pain caused by tooth grinding.
As a dental practice our dental experts are able to assess and give you both options for treatments of bruxism.
To assess which type of treatment is best suited for you, book a consultation with our dental professionals.