Bruxism

Do you have problems with your jaw with teeth grinding or are you a “bruxist”? Are you restricted in everyday life because you suffer and pain by overloading your chewing muscles and your jaw joints?

What is teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

Teeth grinding is shifting teeth firmly crossed. Jaw clamps the (often unconsciously) vigorously clamping teeth together. The medical term for both forms is “bruxism”. Bruxism occurs particularly at night, when the jaw clamps both at night and can be done during the day. Bruxism is common in both young children and adults. In children, it can spontaneously disappear.

Several problems caused by bruxism.

Teeth grinding and jaw clenching can cause problems, such as intensified tooth wear, fractured fillings, an  increase of the strength of the masticatory muscles, headaches and jaw aches the following complaints:

  • sore or tired muscles of mastication
  • painful or inflamed jaw joints
  • limited or crooked mouth opening
  • jaw dislocated when yawning
  • TMJ sounds (jaw snapping or grinding noises).

Treatment of bruxism

A large proportion (about 80 percent) of the bruxism patients benefit from reducing the strength of the chewing muscles using injections of botulinum toxin (Botox, Azzalure).

This simple procedure takes about a minute and has an average effect for the duration of five months. The cost of the treatment will depend on the amount of botulinum toxin that is needed in order to weaken the muscles sufficient. Usually, the amount that is required  is similar to what in the cosmetic application of Botox quantified as “one zone”.