Teeth grinding and jaw clenching (bruxism) isn’t just painful, it can damage your teeth and any expensive dental work you’ve had done. Plus it often builds up the muscles in your jaw to the point where it changes the shape of your jaw line. Often it occurs at night so you can't consciously try to prevent it.
Mouth guards worn during the night can help prevent damage, but they’re not exactly a glamorous solution and they can’t do anything about that bulked up jaw line.
Injections to treat bruxism on the other hand can give real results that last for around 12 weeks. The treatment targets your muscles on the jawline that cause the clenching, allowing them to relax, thus addressing the issue. Not only does this banish the pain and prevent dental damage, but over time your jaw line will also slim down, as it’s no longer getting “pumped up” from its nightly clenching workout.
What are the symptoms of bruxism?
- Headaches or earache
- Painful jaw joint or toothache
- Worn or broken teeth / fillings
- Disrupted sleep
What are the advantages of bruxism injections?
How do the bruxism injections work?
Bruxism injections are used to relax your masseter muscles by temporally blocking signals from your nerves to your muscles, resulting in decreased activity. If you do grind or clench your teeth, these cheek muscles tend to be larger and can be seen bulging during this action. Place your hands either side of your face and push your teeth together, you may feel your muscles in action. It is these protruding muscles which can give the appearance of square jaw, which is often undesirable, particularly for female patients.
How long do results last?
What side effects might occur?
Who should not have treatment?
- You have an active skin infection at the planned site of injection
- Neuromuscular conditions such as Motor Neurone Disease or Myasthenia Gravis
- If you’re pregnant or nursing
- If you’re on anticoagulants
You can learn more about the treatment visit our Bruxism & TMJ page and arrange a consultation with myself.
Dr Asel Nawroz BDS, MFDS, MSc
Asel has a Master of Science with distinction in Aesthetic Medicine from Queen Mary University London and is a member of the Faculty of Dental Surgery for The Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh. Asel has specialised in smile rejuvenation with lip fillers, teeth whitening and bruxism treatments for over 4 years.