What exactly is bruxism?
Bruxism, or nighttime “teeth grinding” is a disease associated with excessive activity of the muscles responsible for chewing (masseter muscles). It leads to constant activation and, consequently, significant hypertrophy, resulting in, among others, a permanent feeling of tension in the area of the mandibular angles and difficulty in opening the mouth. This problem significantly reduces the quality of life of patients – it leads to loosening of teeth, their grinding, cracking of the enamel and other, biting related disorders. As a result, bruxism may lead to inflammation and even degeneration of the temporomandibular joints. This problem should not be underestimated because the changes occurring in the joints are irreversible. Very often bruxism is the cause of chronic headaches or even migraines.
One method of treatment is to administer botulinum toxin into the masseter muscles – this blocks the nerve signals sent by the brain to the muscles leading to muscle relaxation and the disappearance of symptoms related to grinding teeth, jaw clenching, as well as chronic headaches. In addition, we notice the effect of slimming the face and giving it favorable proportions. The treatment is simple, short and safe.
Effects of the treatment?
The effect lasts from 4 to 6 months, after this time the treatment should be repeated. The treatment does not require a special period of convalescence. Usually the patient returns to normal activity immediately. However, for the period of 24 hours after the bruxism treatment you should refrain from physical activity, alcohol consumption and saunas or massages.