Treatment For Bruxism
Why do we grind our teeth?
Bruxism is the medical term for grinding and/or clenching your teeth. Have you ever woken up with a sore jaw or a tension headache? Ever noticed yourself clenching your teeth when you are at work or concentrating on something important? This is because bruxism is believed to be caused by the stresses of daily living.
Why is grinding your teeth so bad?
The pressure on your teeth during grinding and clenching can be up to 20 times greater than the force used in normal biting and chewing. Excessive teeth grinding and clenching often leads to an aching jaw, headaches, gum problems and the danger of wearing down the tooth enamel, exposing the dentine, which can lead to a host of dental issues. These are just some of the symptoms associated with bruxism.
How do we help with bruxism?
By injecting small doses of a muscle relaxing agent directly into the masseter and temporalis muscles (the large muscles that moves the jaw), the muscle may be weakened enough to reduce involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This may significantly relax the muscle and reduce the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches may be reduced or eliminated as well. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not effected at all by the muscle relaxing agent. Results on any treatment may vary per individual as everybody is different and may respond differently to treatments mentioned.