Don’t let bruxism destroy your teeth. Our medispa has all of the latest non surgical treatments to correct teeth grinding, including muscle relaxants.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is a medical condition in which you unconsciously clench, gnash or grind your teeth excessively. People with bruxism may clench their teeth unknowingly whilst awake (awake bruxism) or grind or clench them during sleep (sleep bruxism). This grinding can put up to 20 times more pressure on the teeth than the force used in normal chewing and biting.
Excessive teeth grinding is a relatively common condition, affecting around 10 percent of the population. While mild bruxism may not require treatment, constant and severe teeth grinding can cause an array of issues such as damaged or sensitive teeth, headaches and jaw disorders.
Bruxism can be hard to detect, as it most often happens during sleep. However, noticeable symptoms may include:
- Teeth grinding or clenching, loud enough to wake others
- Fractured, chipped or cracked teeth
- Loss of teeth
- Tooth pain or sensitive teeth
- Tired or tight jaw muscles, including locked jaw
- Jaw, neck or face pain
- Gum problems
- Disrupted sleep
What causes the teeth to grind?
The exact cause of excessive teeth grinding is unknown, however it is likely a combination of physical, psychological and genetic factors.
Awake bruxism is likely the result of anxiety, stress or frustration. Oftentimes, teeth grinding is an unconscious coping strategy or a habit during deep concentration. Other factors that may be related to bruxism include dental problems, such as an abnormal bite or crooked teeth, or sleep problems, such as apnea or snoring.
There are a number of factors that may increase your risk of excessive teeth grinding. These include:
- Age – bruxism is more common in younger children.
- Medications and other substances – teeth grinding can be a side effect of psychiatric medications. Smoking, alcohol consumption and recreational drug use can also increase the risk of bruxism.
- Family history – bruxism tends to occur in families.
- Other disorders – teeth grinding is often associated with a number of mental health and medical disorders, such as dementia, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and ADHD.
Are you concerned by the effect that bruxism may have on your health? After all, excessive teeth grinding can lead to a number of dental and other health problems. Here at Dr Anh’s Medispa, we offer injectable treatments to prevent continued teeth grinding.
Anti-wrinkle injections for bruxism
Muscle relaxants aren’t just for wrinkles. Anti-wrinkle injections administered into the masseter muscles, which control the jaw, can ease teeth grinding by partially blocking the nerve signal to the muscle. The massesters are amongst the strongest muscles in the body, meaning that you will still be able to speak and chew after treatment, however enough tension is removed to reduce grinding and clenching. Ultimately, anti-wrinkle injections can prevent bruxism for up to four months.
Protect your teeth from further damage by booking a consultation with Dr Anh, wherein we can develop a customised treatment plan. If you would like to learn more about our treatments for teeth grinding, or to request an appointment, contact Dr Anh Plastic Surgeon, Medispa and Wellness Clinic today.