Bruxism treatment is necessary to solve the excessive, involuntary clenching of the jaw and/or grinding of the teeth, which often occurs while sleeping. It is an oral activity that is para functional in nature, meaning it is independent of normal oral functions such as eating and speaking.
There are two types of Bruxism.
This type of teeth grinding is usually rhythmic and continuous; it often remains undiagnosed for some time as it occurs subconsciously during sleep. It is estimated that roughly 8% of the adult population suffers from sleep bruxism.
This form of automatic jaw bracing and clenching is perceived to be a conscious reaction to external stimuli; it is commonly associated with relatively high levels of stress and tension.
In either condition, Bruxism can usually be attributed to uneven teeth or an abnormal bite; however, in some instances it can be induced by stress/anxiety. Sleeping disorders may also be partially, if not entirely, responsible for Bruxism in some sufferers.
Beau-Tox-Bar Treatment Options For Bruxism
This chronic condition is harmful as it allows for the fracturing and loss of teeth, increased tooth sensitivity, jaw tenderness and even head/ear aches. Sufferers from Bruxism can also give the face a bullish or square like appearance in the jaw line area.
Beau-Tox-Bar offers non-invasive and non-surgical treatment options for the control of Bruxism symptoms, and consequently the elimination of long-term erosion within the mouth.
In order to relax the mouth and cease grinding activity, Botox is injected into the Masseter muscle on the side of the face. This muscle is primarily responsible for movement of the jaw and the chewing of solid foods.
By blocking nerve impulses from the brain, Botox treatment prevents excessive contraction in the jaw and surrounding region, hindering the patient’s ability to involuntarily grind or clench.
Once treated with Botox, the muscle will weaken and over time a slimmer and more elongated jawline may be evident. Don’t worry, the treatment will not affect any voluntary movements including those of eating and facial expression.
Benefits Of Bruxism Treatment
The benefits of these Botox injections will typically last for three to six months. The length of this effect will depend upon how active or sedentary your lifestyle is. Such control of Bruxism may be prolonged by regular sessions as part of your customised treatment plan, which is carefully developed by one of our qualified staff members after your initial consultation.
It is important to note that in some cases, Botox may be successful in breaking the habit of ‘bruxing’ completely, thereby curing the affliction.
If you have any questions regarding Bruxism, or Botox treatments more generally, please do not hesitate to contact our team on (03) 9190 8969 or book an appointment online.