What Is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the medical term for teethgrinding, typically accompanied by clenching of the jaw. The name comes from the Greek brugmós, meaning gnashing of the teeth.
Bruxism is an oral condition that occurs in many people at some time in their lives; however is not considered a health problem in most cases, often being a relatively mild and intermittent condition.
While Bruxism may be a day or night activity it is commonly recognised as a sleep disorder as it is during sleep that the majority of health issues can be caused. Bruxism is even known to occur during cat naps and gentle dozing.
Botox As A Treatment for Bruxism
Botox (botulinum toxin) is a commonly used medical treatment for Bruxism which can be seen to lessen the effects of Bruxism in a relatively short time, although each treatment will be an individual experience. Botox treatment for Bruxism can be completed in around ten or 15 minutes with results often visible within a few days.
However, it must be warned that side-effects of Botox injection can occur such as reduced bite strength. Sometimes bruising can occur however this is not frequent. Full details will be discussed during your consultation.
So what can you do?
That’s easy – talk to Dr Ravi Jain at Riverbanks Clinic; he’s an expert in the use of highly advanced and specialised techniques that will reduce the strength and size of your masseter muscles without stopping you chewing your food.
This is achieved using very fine, almost painless injections of Botulinum Toxin (such as Botox, Dysport or Azzalure). Within a few days your sleep pattern, headaches and teeth grinding should reduce. You will be reviewed regularly to ensure that your symptoms are fully controlled.
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