Teeth Grinding Treatment
IN CLINIC: 10-15 MINS
treatment cost: FROM $250
RECOVERY TIME: zero to little recovery time
Relax & Release
Teeth grinding, also known medically as Bruxism – is a condition relating to excessive and unnecessary teeth-grinding and/or clenching of the jaw. It’s a surprisingly common phenomenon, estimated to affect up to 30% of the population. And, when the symptoms are mild, people may not even be aware of the condition.
The grinding usually happens during sleep and can damage teeth, cause pain, and result in headaches and jaw problems. The cause is unknown, but it’s believed to stem from brain signals that lead to involuntary and forceful contraction of jaw muscles. Some evidence suggests a genetic predisposition, but bruxism may also stem from stress and anxiety.
Anti-wrinkle injections, made up of a substance called Botulinum Toxin, are proving to be an effective treatment for easing the pain and unpleasant symptoms of teeth grinding. By injecting into the masticatory muscles, the injections lessen the muscles’ ability to clench and grind the jaw, and thus, reduce pain.
The treatment involves 5-6 injections which are carefully administered in order to retain all the normal functions of chewing, talking and smiling.
anti-wrinkle CAN ADDRESS symptoms of
teeth grinding, tmj or bruxism including:
- Headaches and migraines
- Hypersensitive teeth
- Difficulty chewing or pain while chewing
- A painful, tender and tired jaw
- Unnatural tooth wear
- Pain or tenderness in the face or around the neck and shoulder area
What Are Anti-Wrinkle Injections?
Neuromodulators or neurotoxins – the substance used in anti-wrinkle injections – are most well-known for “freezing” wrinkles and lines. They are best used for temporary treatment to smooth wrinkles that form as a result of facial movements like frowning, squinting, and smiling.
Anti-wrinkle freezers work by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that signals muscles to move. They temporarily paralyse those specific muscles that contract, creating common frown lines, crow’s feet, and horizontal lines.
While there is no real downtime associated with this treatment, it is important to note that you may encounter some slight bruising and swelling directly after treatment, due to the needle. This can easily be masked by make-up.
There are no long-term side effects of having wrinkle injections, meaning patients can resume their usual activities straight away, and can also fly post-treatment.
The results can last between four to six months depending on your metabolism speed, lifestyle and many other factors. Expect to see the fantastic results within two to three days following just one treatment, but really kicking in by the second week post-treatment.
FAQs for Teeth Grinding Injection Treatment
How quickly does it work?
Depending on the individual, patients may start feeling the effects by the next day, up to two weeks.
How long do the effects last?
Teeth Grinding injections last from 3-6 months, after which time treatment can be repeated to maintain the benefit. Some patients may find that treatment helps them to break the cycle, so the habit stops even after the Botox has worn off.
Are there any side effects?
Occasionally some localised bruising can occur, but this is quite rare and can usually be masked with makeup.
What evidence is there for this treatment?
Overall, studies support the efficacy of anti-wrinkle injection treatments to reduce pain in the muscles of the jaw. One study shows that anti-wrinkle treatment, “reduces the frequency of bruxism events, decrease bruxism-induced pain levels and satisfy the patients’ self-assessment. In another study, all patients treated have declared “a good/very good improvement in symptoms.”