Teeth grinding, medically known as bruxism, is a common condition characterized by the involuntary grinding, clenching, or gnashing of teeth.
While it predominantly occurs during sleep, it can also happen during waking hours, termed as awake bruxism. This habit can lead to various issues, including jaw pain, headaches, and damage to the teeth and other oral structures.
The causes of bruxism are multifactorial and can include stress, anxiety, and tension. Emotional stress and frustration are often associated with teeth grinding, and it can serve as a subconscious response to relieve pent-up emotions. Additionally, certain sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, where breathing interruptions trigger muscle activity, can lead to teeth grinding as the body tries to open the airway.
To address teeth grinding, Dr. Bejma Clinic offers Botulinum Toxin as an effective treatment. While commonly used for cosmetic purposes to reduce wrinkles, Botulinum Toxin also has medical benefits. When injected into specific facial and neck muscles, it helps relax them, reducing the frequency and intensity of teeth grinding. The treatment may also alleviate jaw tension and pain, as well as minimize the potential damage caused by grinding.
Botulinum Toxin works by temporarily blocking the signals between nerves and muscles. When injected into the muscles involved in jaw clenching and grinding, it induces a relaxation effect by inhibiting the muscle’s ability to contract forcefully. As a result, it reduces the intensity and frequency of teeth grinding, providing relief to patients with bruxism.Book a Consultation