Teeth Grinding – Clenching (Bruxism) Causes and Treatment
Teeth grinding is a condition that occurs usually during sleep and it often manifests itself by a dull, persistent headache or sore jaw upon awakening. Worn down and flattened teeth are also potential symptoms of teeth grinding.
Will Bruxism Go Away on Its Own?
Bruxism will not go away on its own since its causes are genetics, stress, malocclusion of the teeth, sleep disorders, body posture, and sleeping positions, etc.
What is the Itchy, Tingling Sensation at the Bottom of the Teeth?
In cases of teeth grinding at night or teeth clenching during the day, when malocclusion of the teeth is added to this, there will be recessions in the jawbone and gums where the teeth sit. This recession occurs due to trauma caused by the relentless load transfer of the teeth to each other. Naturally, due to this melting and recession, itching and tingling sensations occur at the bottom of the teeth in the entire jaw.
What Is The Teeth Clenching and Grinding Treatment (Botox)?
Teeth clenching and grinding are currently treated with Botox injections into the masseter muscle on both sides of the jaw. After the bilateral Botox injection into this muscle, the involuntary clenching and grinding disappears. Botox injection is performed within only a few minutes.
How Long Does the Effect of Botox Treatment Last?
A second injection 6 months after the first injection is a crucial step in the teeth clenching and grinding treatment process. After the second injection, the jaw muscle gets used to the feeling of relief and maintains it. If teeth clenching and grinding is due to genetics and/or stress, a third injection 1 year later provides a long-term treatment for teeth clenching and grinding.
Is Botox a Safe Option for the Treatment of Bruxism?
Botox injection is a natural toxin that is injected in a modest quantity. This toxin injection relaxes the jaw muscles and is completely safe when performed by experienced and specialist physicians.
What Does Masseter Botox Provide Aesthetically?
Botox injection, which is primarily used, in dentistry, as a treatment for teeth clenching and grinding, also transforms the wide, square jaw structure observed in people with strong masseter muscles into a smaller, thinner, oval or heart-shaped jaw structure. This contributes to the transformation of the patient’s facial structure into a more aesthetic form.
Does Botox Also Relieve Headache and Joint Pain?
Botox treatment that is performed to relieve masseter pain helps to reduce and sometimes completely eliminate pain originating from the jaw joint or tension and migraine-type headaches.