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Teeth Grinding / Bruxism

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a medical term used to describe teeth grinding, gnashing or clenching your teeth.   Most people with bruxism unconsciously clench their teeth together during the day, often when they feel anxious, stressed or tense. Grinding or gnashing often occurs during sleep, usually in the early part of the night.  Unfortunately many people who suffer with bruxism aren’t aware of the habit, so they aren’t diagnosed with the condition until complications occur.

Symptoms of Bruxism

  • Headaches. If clenching or grinding throughout the night headaches are very common when waking in the morning.

  • Muscle pain

  • TMJ

  • Dental damage

  • Audible teeth grinding

  • Jaw pain

  • Chronic facial pain

  • Chewed tissue on the inside of your cheek

Treatment

Botulinum Toxin Type A is injected directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), causing it to weaken.  By weakening this muscle it helps prevent/minimise teeth clenching and grinding, reducing wear and tear on teeth.  Treatment can last up to 6 months.  To find out more information contact Peninsula Skin Co. or email info@peninsulaskinco.com.au

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