Bruxism (grinding/clenching your teeth) can lead to tooth destruction, jaw and neck pain, TMJ/TMD (temporomandibular joint and disease) and a host of other issues.
The most common way to relieve this is with a mouth guard from your dentist. Worn nightly, the guard will keep your teeth slightly separated and unable to clench.
Now, neuromodulators (Botox Cosmetic, Dysport, Xeomin) are being used for bruxism. Injected into the masseter muscles (the large muscle that moves the jaw) it significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on teeth due to the grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) should be reduced as well.
The treatment usually lasts from 3-6 months. Caution should be taken, as it can also ‘slenderize’ the lower part of the face which could possibly be undesirable for some.
Until next time….