Teeth clenching & grinding treatments
If you've ever suffered with the symptoms teeth clenching or teeth grinding, you'll know that it can be unbearable to live with and can hugely affect your quality of life.
Chronic teeth grinding or teeth clenching can damage the teeth, cause jaw, facial and neck pain, as well as associated headaches or migraines. In addition teeth grinding and teeth clenching is associated with other symptoms including poor mood, irritability, poor sleep and even depression.
What are teeth clenching & grinding treatments?
In simple terms, chewing is controlled by several pairs of muscles including the:
masseter muscles - these are the powerful muscles on the side of the jaw that clamp your jaws together
temporlis muscles - these muscles work in tandem with the masseters to clench your jaw tight. They are found on the sides of your temples.
pterygoid muscles (lateral and medial) - these two pairs of muscles do different actions including opening the jaw, backwards, forwards and side to side movement. they live on the inside of the jaw bone and can be felt inside your mouth next to the upper teeth.
Dr Jake strongly recommends that patients suffering with teeth grinding or teeth clenching symptoms are first examined by their dentist to specifically investigate for any signs of malocclusion - the alignment of your teeth. Dentists or orthodontists can help with protecting the teeth with splints, plates and longer-term positioning of the teeth if needed.
But what most dentists do not provide is treatment of the muscles causing your painful symptoms. Using the same product used for wrinkle injections, one or more pairs of these muscles can be targeted and relaxed. This provides effective symptom control and can help break the vicious cycle of unconscious and uncontrolled clenching or grinding. This treatment doesn't affect eating, talking, swallowing or any other normal function of the mouth and face.
Key features of teeth clenching & grinding treatments
Consultations for teeth grinding and clenching treatments are 45 minutes for new patients. Your history, dental treatments and symptoms will be explored. This is followed by an oro-facial examination and treatment if you are appropriate.
Protect your teeth
Chronic teeth clenching and grinding causes significant damage to your teeth including worn chewing surfaces, micro-fractures or more severe cracks needing emergency dentistry. Controlling the symptoms of bruxism with treatments can reduce damage to the teeth and jaw joint.
Patients with teeth clenching or grinding symptoms often suffer for years without a proper diagnosis or relief. Whilst every patients symptoms vary, feedback from the relief of bruxism can significantly improve your quality of life, chronic pain and sleep.
Injections for teeth clenching and grinding are not a cure. You'll still need long-term dental input but each treatment of the affected chewing muscles can provide 3-6 months relief on average.
Downtime & aftercare for teeth clenching & grinding treatments
There is very minimal downtime from teeth grinding and teeth clenching treatments. Occasionally patients actually describe immediate relief
Occasionally a small bruise can occur (as they can from any injectable treatment) and this is self limiting.
These treatments may involve the masseter, temple and/or pterygoid muscles. The price will vary depending on the number of muscles treated and the severity of your symptoms.
Your dental history will be explored and Dr Jake strongly recommends that you first get dental advice to assess your bite pattern and condition of the teeth before seeking these treatments.