Bruxism is a condition where you grind or clench your teeth unknowingly.
If you suffer from bruxism, you may be unconsciously clenching your teeth whilst awake or it could be that you are clenching your jaw or grinding your teeth whilst asleep.
Mild bruxism may not require treatment. However, for some people, bruxism can be frequent and in severe cases it can even lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other problems.
What are the symptoms of Bruxism?
You may experience any of the following symptoms if you suffer from Bruxism:
- Your dentist may notice that your teeth are flattened or that the enamel on your teeth is more worn than normal. In severe cases, Bruxism may even lead to fractured, chipped or loose teeth.
- You may be experiencing increased sensitivity or pain in your teeth
- Sometimes it can cause pain elsewhere. For example, ear pain, a dull headache starting in the temples, jaw, neck or face pain in general.
- Tired or tight jaw muscles, or a locked jaw that won’t open or close easily.
- Often you will be able to see signs of chewing on the inside of your cheeks.
- In some cases, but not all, it can disrupt your sleep. Or even the sleep of your partner.
- The enlarged muscles may be noticeably visible either side of your lower jaw giving your lower face more of a square shaped appearance.
What can I do to treat Bruxism?
In the first instance you should always consult with your doctor or dentist. This is important in ensuring that any underlying causes can first be identified. If, after doing so, you are unable to find sufficient relief then you may wish to explore alternative options such as Botulinum Toxin.
How does Botox help with Bruxism?
A small amount of Botulinum Toxin can be injected into the masseter muscle (the jaw muscles which are responsible for chewing). This significantly weakens the muscle resulting in reduced clenching and grinding. 4 to 5 days after treatment you will start to experience relief/reduction in muscle strength. However, the full effect can take up to 2 weeks to occur. Treatment with Botox will also often slim the lower face as the overactive muscles reduce in size once relaxed. The overall effect of treatment (ie the reduction in muscle strength) can be effective for between 3 to 6 months after which time you may want to consider a repeat treatment.
I’m interested to find out more about Bruxism treatment. What are my next steps?
Bruxism treatment with Botulinum Toxin is a medical treatment. It, therefore, requires a full consultation prior to treatment. At consultation your medical history will be assessed and your suitability for treatment will be discussed. Please contact us to arrange a date for consultation.
What is the cost for Bruxism treatment with Botulinum Toxin?
Our prices start from £275.00.
The cost of treatment does vary dependant on the severity of the condition and will be confirmed following consultation.
Please note it is a requirement of the Care Quality Commission (CQC) that all medical practitioners offering treatment of Bruxism must be CQC Registered.
We are proud to be Regulated by the CQC.