What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is the term given to grinding teeth. It can be very distressing for patients and cause wear of the teeth and headaches. Patients often complain of a morning headache because they have been tensing and grinding the teeth at night.
Why does bruxism cause headaches?
If you place your fingers on your temples and grind your teeth you can feel the muscle ‘temporalis’ contracting. Imagine that you are contracting this muscle over and over again in your sleep and you get a good understanding of why patients wake up with headaches.
How to treat tooth grinding
Tooth grinding can be helped by using a mouthguard at night which protects the teeth. Your dentist can recommend someone that can fit you with one.
Treatment of Bruxism
Bruxism can be treated by using a dental mouthguard provided by the dentist. At Cityskin we can treat tooth grinding with anti-wrinkle injections. Using between 3 and 5 small injections into the masseter muscle it can relax the muscle and reduce biting at night..The masseter muscle is responsible for bitiing and can be felt contracting at the back of the jaw when you bite.
Does the treatment hurt?
Masseter injections for bruxism really are not painful. There may be a small sting when we place the injection in the muscle but that is about it. Injections are less painful than expected from a recent Cityskin survey.
How long does it take for bruxism treatment to work?
It takes at least 10 days for the effects to be noticed. We feel that at 6 weeks after treatment you will have the best effect.
How long does a Bruxism treatment last?
Anti-wrinkle injections for bruxism last, ideally 3-6 months with the correct amount of units injected. It can vary from person to person.
Will I bruise?
We rarely see bruising with the treatment
How much will it cost?
We typically use 50 units of anti-wrinkle treatment to treat bruxism. We charge $550 for 50 units. Read all about ‘units‘ here.
Who cannot have the treatment?
If you are pregnant it is not safe to have anti-wrinkle treatments and if you have a condition called myaesthenia gravis it is not safe.
Cityskin’s video on how to treat tooth grinding
Where can I have treatment?
Cityskin has clinics in Melbourne and Sydney. You can book online for a free consultation in a couple of clicks.
How to treat your bite muscles safely to avoid affecting your smile
In this video Dr Brown discusses how a knowledge of anatomy if key to reducing the risk of affecting your smile when having masseter muscle (bite muscle) injections.