what is teeth grinding?
The muscles involved in teeth grinding are the two big chewing ones - the masseter and the temporalis. Clench your teeth and feel the sides of your jaw and temples - you'll feel them clenching. Teeth grinding is common in people of all backgrounds but it's normally mild and doesn't usually cause long-term symptoms.
Bruxism or symptomatic grinding can occur in the day or night, but noctural bruxism (during sleep) causes the majority of problems. This is also more common in women. Whilst the causes for bruxism aren't fully understood, it's believed to be an unconscious behavior that develops into a habit. This is why most patients who suffer with bruxism tend to teeth grind at night for lengthy periods, unaware of their actions. In fact, most people only realise that they grind their teeth after being told by their partner!
how do anti-wrinkle injections help grinding?
We can utilise the muscle-relaxing properties of anti-wrinkle treatments in a novel way - to help reduce tension in the chewing muscles. We normally use the anti-wrinkle injections for cosmetic treatments - by relaxing muscles that create wrinkles. By relaxing the jaw muscles using the same technique, we can help break the vicious cycle of unconscious grinding. This is completely safe and doesn't affect eating, talking, swallowing or any other normal function of the muscle.
For standard treatments, 20-40 units will be used per side. Your face will be examined and your symptoms explored during your consult to estimate the right dose for you