Around one in five people regularly and uncontrollably grind their teeth. This phenomenon, also known as bruxism, usually occurs while asleep. Those affected with bruxism can suffer from various symptoms, such as jaw ache and headaches, tension as well as damage to the enamel and tooth itself over time.
To alleviate the symptoms of bruxism, various methods are offered, such as a mouth guard to wear at night as well as massages of the jaw area. A reliable treatment for temporarily halting bruxism at the Hautmedizin Bad Soden is using botulinum.
What are the causes of bruxism?
Bruxism can occur equally in children, women and men. The main reason is excessive stress that cannot be fully managed during the day and results in the teeth grinding together at night. However, not every person affected by stress automatically grinds their teeth. This is different depending on the person.
Further causes could be other illnesses, medication or excessive alcohol consumption. Improperly placed fillings also increase the risk of bruxism.
How does treatment with botulinum (Botox®) work?
Most people know botulinum primarily as a treatment for wrinkles, but it is being used more and more in the medical field.
This active agent is a muscle relaxant and is injected directly into the area of the body to be treated. In order to stop bruxism, the preparation is injected into the jaw muscle through the cheek using a fine needle. The muscle is only slightly relaxed so that the teeth stop grinding but the chewing function of the jaw is not limited.
The procedure only takes a few minutes, the preparation is usually injected at several sites on the jaw. After the procedure, patients can eat normally and can also return to work. The result lasts for a few months and can be repeated as often as necessary.
What are the risks of being treated with botulinum for bruxism?
From many years of experience, we know the exact dose that does not harm the body. Since we use the smallest dose, there is no risk of poisoning.
Slight redness may appear in the jaw area after the treatment. This should die down after a few days and can easily be covered with make-up. Temporary sensitivity disorders or restricted movement of the jaw only occur in very rare cases.
Do you suffer from bruxism and are considering Botox® treatment at the Hautmedizin Bad Soden? We would be delighted to arrange a personal consultation with you to inform you about the process and answer all your questions.