Bruxism – Teeth Grinding Essentials
Area Treated: Teeth Grinding - medically term bruxism
Assessment: Our doctor will discuss your concerns and the nature of your grinding
Treatment: Anti-wrinkle Injections - Botox
Time taken: Assessment 10mins, Treatment <5mins
Comfort: People rarely report this treatment as uncomfortable
Results Seen: Noticeable within 2-3 days, full onset and grinding reduction at 2-4 weeks
How long will it last?: Up to 3 months is typical
Cost: €450 including review appointment and top-up. Repeat patients €350.
Teeth grinding is something we all do from time to time but excessive grinding of the teeth can be very damaging in the long run. People who excessively grind their teeth are at risk of permanent and costly damage to their teeth.
What is bruxism?
Medically, the term bruxism describes the condition where a person involuntarily and habitually grinds their teeth, especially in their sleep. It’s actually considered a sleep related movement disorder in most cases.
What are the effects of bruxism?
The long term effects of teeth grinding from bruxism can include
- Worn teeth to the point where expensive dental intervention is required
- Cracked teeth which again requires dental intervention or may result in abscesses
- Tooth sensitivity
- Pain and stiffness in the jaw
How do we treat bruxism?
By using Botox, the very same used in anti-wrinkle treatments, we can reduce the activity of the muscles that cause this grinding, and therefore reduce the amount of grinding you do. This will have a great impact on your dental health.
Small amounts of Botox are injected into the masseter muscles which cause the movements that lead to grinding.
How long will my result last?
Generally, lower doses are used in this treatment so longevity is reduced when compared with other treatments using muscle relaxing injections. Typically, 3 months can be expected but this is patient dependent.