Injectable Treatments for Bruxism or Teeth Grinding

Injectable Treatments for Bruxism or Teeth Grinding at a Glance

Best Results 1-2
Duration of Results 3-4 months
Treatment Recovery 1 -2 days
Risks & Complications Low
Anaesthetic Ice/None
Procedure Time 20 - 30 mins
Skin Specialist Doctor
Back To Work Same day

Frequently Asked Questions

  • 1

    Are Injectable Bruxism Treatments available at all Skin Renewal branches ?

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    Bruxism treatments are available in Johannesburg, Sandton and Pretoria at the Morningside, Parkhurst, Bedfordview, Fourways, Illovo, Irene, Brooklyn as well as in the Western Cape at Cape Quarter, Claremont, Constantia, Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Willowbridge branches and KwaZulu Natal in Hillcrest and Umhlanga

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    What is Bruxism or teeth grinding?

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    Bruxism is characterized by the grinding of the teeth and is typically accompanied by the clenching of the jaw leading to morning migraines, headaches, jaw and TMJ pain. No exact figures on the frequency of bruxism are available as over 80% of all bruxers may be unaware of the habit and the diagnosis is usually made when the teeth are examined by a dental surgeon. For these reasons, estimates of the prevalence of bruxism range from 5% to 20%.

  • 3

    What causes Bruxism or teeth grinding?

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    Bruxism "gnashing of teeth" is characterized by the grinding of the teeth and is typically accompanied by the clenching of the jaw. It is an oral habit that occurs in most humans at some time in their lives. In most people, bruxism is mild enough not to be a health problem. While bruxism may occur during the day or night activity, it is bruxism during sleep that causes the majority of health issues and can even occur during short naps. Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders. Some bruxism activity is rhythmic (like chewing), and some is sustained (clenching). Researchers classify bruxism as "a habitual behavior, and a sleep disorder.

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    How is Bruxism diagnosed?

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    Most bruxers are not aware of their bruxism, and only 5% go on to develop symptoms, such as jaw pain, migraine and headaches, which will require treatments .In many cases, a sleeping partner or parent will notice the bruxism before the person experiencing the problem becomes aware of it.

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    How do Injectable Treatments for Bruxism or teeth grinding work?

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    A novel treatment for this condition is to weaken the masseter muscles of the jaw with strategically placed injections which weaken the muscle enough to reduce the effects of grinding and clenching, but not so much as to prevent proper use of the muscle. The procedure involves about five or six relatively painless injections and patients start feeling the effects the following day with migraines usually dissipating by the end of the first week. Injections must be repeated every six months but the habit is usually broken after the second treatment.

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    How can the symptoms of Bruxism be helped by injections?

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    The symptoms that may be improved by the treatment include:

    • Migraines triggered by clenching
    • Grinding and clenching
    • Morning jaw soreness
    • TMJ pain
    • Muscle tension throughout the day
    • Neck pain and stiffness triggered by clenching

Bruxism treatments are available in Johannesburg, Sandton and Pretoria at the Morningside, Parkhurst, Bedfordview, Fourways, Illovo, Irene, Brooklyn as well as in the Western Cape at Cape Quarter, Claremont, Constantia, Somerset West, Stellenbosch and Willowbridge branches and KwaZulu Natal in Hillcrest and Umhlanga

Bruxism is characterized by the grinding of the teeth and is typically accompanied by the clenching of the jaw leading to morning migraines, headaches, jaw and TMJ pain. No exact figures on the frequency of bruxism are available as over 80% of all bruxers may be unaware of the habit and the diagnosis is usually made when the teeth are examined by a dental surgeon. For these reasons, estimates of the prevalence of bruxism range from 5% to 20%.

Bruxism "gnashing of teeth" is characterized by the grinding of the teeth and is typically accompanied by the clenching of the jaw. It is an oral habit that occurs in most humans at some time in their lives. In most people, bruxism is mild enough not to be a health problem. While bruxism may occur during the day or night activity, it is bruxism during sleep that causes the majority of health issues and can even occur during short naps. Bruxism is one of the most common sleep disorders. Some bruxism activity is rhythmic (like chewing), and some is sustained (clenching). Researchers classify bruxism as "a habitual behavior, and a sleep disorder.

Most bruxers are not aware of their bruxism, and only 5% go on to develop symptoms, such as jaw pain, migraine and headaches, which will require treatments .In many cases, a sleeping partner or parent will notice the bruxism before the person experiencing the problem becomes aware of it.

A novel treatment for this condition is to weaken the masseter muscles of the jaw with strategically placed injections which weaken the muscle enough to reduce the effects of grinding and clenching, but not so much as to prevent proper use of the muscle. The procedure involves about five or six relatively painless injections and patients start feeling the effects the following day with migraines usually dissipating by the end of the first week. Injections must be repeated every six months but the habit is usually broken after the second treatment.

The symptoms that may be improved by the treatment include:

  • Migraines triggered by clenching
  • Grinding and clenching
  • Morning jaw soreness
  • TMJ pain
  • Muscle tension throughout the day
  • Neck pain and stiffness triggered by clenching

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