Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) Treatment
If you suffer from teeth grinding (bruxism), you probably already know that it’s where you unconsciously grind and clench your teeth, often when you’re asleep. This condition affects approximately one in four adults but can lead to distressing symptoms such as an aching jaw, headaches, gum problems, eroded tooth enamel, lost fillings and loose teeth. It’s estimated that the force used when you grind your teeth is 20 times greater than that used to bite or chew.
Although the causes of bruxism aren’t fully known, it’s likely that stress and anxiety cause some tightness in the jaw that can progress to teeth grinding. It can also be triggered by some antidepressants. In the past, successful treatment of bruxism was hit and miss and you may have had no choice but to wear a mouthguard, suffer in silence or learn stress management techniques. The good news is that we can now use Botox injections to offer substantial relief from bruxism; in most cases, the condition disappears altogether. This is because the treatment enables us to target and relax the muscles that work the jaw. If teeth grinding is affecting your life, Botox injections may well offer a solution. We will only know by seeing you in person to discuss your individual case. If you are grinding your teeth, your first step is to book an initial consultation with our aesthetic doctor. We’ll take a full medical history and discuss how bruxism affects you, as well as your hopes for treatment. Once we understand the extent of the problem, we will create a bespoke treatment plan based on what we believe will give the best outcome.
What happens next?
If you are grinding your teeth, your first step is to book an initial consultation with our aesthetic doctor. We’ll take a full medical history and discuss how bruxism affects you, as well as your hopes for treatment. Once we understand the extent of the problem, we will create a bespoke treatment plan based on what we believe would give you the best outcome.
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I’ve suffered with ongoing headaches for years and it was only after I’d been to a dental check-up where my dentist put two and two together……it would appear that I’d been grinding my teeth at night which had not only affected my teeth but had also been the cause of my headaches. He suggested having some Botox injected into my jaw and recommended I see Dr Vasdev at the Waterhouse Young Clinic (this wasn’t at all what I was expecting to hear but was open to suggestions and needed a solution).
During a meeting with Saira (Dr Vasdev) she explained how Botox works and how it can reduce headaches and prevent teeth grinding by simply having a few injections to relax some muscles in my jaw. After a few days thinking about it I realised I didn’t have anything to lose so I booked in for treatment. Saira was extremely gentle and there was nothing for me to be apprehensive about (although I did keep my eyes closed so I couldn’t see the needle coming towards me as I’m not a fan!).
Several injections later and the treatment was done, all I had to do was follow a few simple instructions…don’t exercise, etc and await the results.
I knew it wouldn’t be instant but after about 4-5 days I noticed that I was waking up without a headache which was incredible. I still get the odd one but nothing like I used to experience. It’s also obviously helping with my teeth as well which is an added bonus as I need to hold onto those for as long as I can!
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