Teeth Clenching and Grinding
Bruxism is the forceful action of the upper and lower teeth contacting against eachother. The grinding and clenching or clamping action is commonly a nocturnal action. Because the symptoms are only minor in its initial stages, it is often ignored. However, in the later stages, symptoms become so bad as to begin to affect one’s quality of life. Unfortunately, this late diagnosis means that the habit has already become ingrained. BOTOX® can help break this habit of grinding at night.
What are the Signs and Symptoms of Bruxism?
- Waking up with sore jaw muscles
- Waking up with a headache
- Aching in the face, head and neck
- Worn, chipped or fractured teeth
- Shortened front teeth
- Painful, loose or sensitive teeth
- Hearing loss
Bruxism can also contribute to enlarged jaw muscles - the masseter. This causes the face to take on a somewhat masculine and square jawline.
BOTOX® can Treat the Symptoms of Bruxism
Knowing that BOTOX® relaxes the facial muscles that causes wrinkles, we use the same method to weaken the masseter muscles of the jaw. There's no need to worry if images of eating soup and pureed vegetables come to mind. By only slightly weakening this 'chewing' muscle, BOTOX® reduces the ability to grind and clench over-zealously, without interfering with normal chewing ability.
After five or six injections, you'll start feeling the difference and the symptoms will start to dissipate. No more migraines, jaw aches and neck pains. After six months, another treatment of injections are necessary, which is then usually enough to break the habit. You may just save your teeth, your gums, and your sanity, or achieve a softer jawline. Aren't a few injections worth it?