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Put a Stop to Night Grinding with Botox!

Published on September 1, 2016 by

The habit of unconsciously clenching and grinding your teeth while sleeping or awake is medically known as bruxism. It can be quite painful and generally causes severe dental and other problems. Most of the associated problems or effects of bruxism can be treated with botulinum toxin type A, or what is commonly known as Botox.

Bruxism affects one in every four people, and it can affect both children and adults. The force applied on your teeth during periods of bruxism is almost 20 times more than the force applied during normal biting and chewing.

Reasons for Bruxism

There may be a number of reasons as to why people suffer from bruxism. The exact reasons are not yet known, but some possible reasons may be:

•Anxiety or stress and other psychological factors
•Excessive use of antidepressants
•Sleep paralysis or other sleeping disorders due to breathing problems
•Excessive use of psychoactive substances such as caffeine, tobacco, and alcohol

Effects of Bruxism

The disorder of bruxism can have a number of painful effects. These include:

•Facial pain
•Dental problems such as flattening and chipping away of the teeth, loss of tooth enamel, loss of tooth fillings, and increased tooth sensitivity
•Inflammation of the gums
•Sore jaws
•Severe square jaw, which occurs due to the hypertrophy of the masseter muscle (the large muscle present in the jaw that helps you chew food)
•Discomfort of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ)
•Muscle aches
•Inability to open your mouth freely and completely
•Stiffness and tightness of the shoulders
•Disturbed sleep

Procedure of Botox Treatment

Botox acts as a paralytic. It targets and treats excessively active and spastic muscles. During treatment, small amounts of Botox are directly injected into the masseter muscle. The muscle gets weakened and stops acting involuntarily.

The Botox, when injected, blocks the release of certain chemicals at the meeting point of the masseter muscle and a nerve. The muscle does not receive the message to move, so it becomes very relaxed. The grinding and clenching of the teeth and the jaws stop as a result of this.

The Botox injection procedure lasts for only 10 or 15 minutes and is quite convenient. No recovery time is required, so you will be able to go back to work immediately.

Botox cannot cure bruxism, but it can control the painful effects of the disorder. It also has the ability to soften the appearance of your jawline. Other than that, Botox provides relief from headaches, soreness of the jaws, and other problems related to bruxism. Wear and tear of the teeth is prevented. The effects of Botox treatment last for about three to six months.

Learn More During a Consultation

Interested in learning about how we can help you control your bruxism? If so, contact our office and schedule an appointment for an informative Botox consultation. Dr. Ravi Jain is a skilled medical professional who will be happy to answer your questions regarding this treatment.