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Bruxism Treatment in Manchester and Cheshire

Bruxism is a medical term that refers to the involuntary or habitual grinding, clenching, or gnashing of teeth. It can occur during the day (awake Bruxism) or at night (sleep Bruxism). There are several possible causes for teeth grinding.

Causes of Bruxism:

  1. Stress and Anxiety: Emotional stress and anxiety are common triggers for Bruxism. The grinding and clenching of teeth may be a subconscious response to tension.
  2. Sleep Disorders: Bruxism is often associated with sleep disorders such as sleep apnoea, where pauses in breathing during sleep disrupt normal sleep patterns and lead to teeth grinding.
  3. Abnormal Bite: Misalignment of teeth (malocclusion) or abnormal bite can contribute to teeth grinding as the jaw tries to find a comfortable resting position.
  4. Lifestyle Factors: Habits like excessive alcohol consumption, smoking, or caffeine intake can exacerbate the condition.
  5. Medications: Certain medications, particularly those used to treat psychiatric disorders, can increase the risk of Bruxism as a side effect.
  6. Genetic Factors: There may be a genetic predisposition to Bruxism, as it can run in families.

Symptoms of Bruxism

Teeth grinding can result in a number of different symptoms. These symptoms of Bruxism include:

  • Grinding or clenching of teeth, often audible to others during sleep
  • Tooth wear, fractures, or damage
  • Jaw pain or stiffness, headaches, or earaches
  • Sensitive teeth or pain in the facial muscles
  • Disrupted sleep or fatigue due to constant muscle activity during sleep

Treatment of Bruxism

Teeth grinding can be managed using a variety of different lifestyle changes and treatments. With Bruxism treatments Manchester & Cheshire patients have some of the options which include:

  1. Stress Management: Since stress and anxiety are common triggers for Bruxism, stress-reduction techniques such as relaxation exercises, meditation, or counseling may help alleviate symptoms.
  2. Behavioral Therapy: Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) can help identify and change behaviors contributing to Bruxism, such as teeth grinding or clenching.
  3. Dental Approaches:
    • Mouthguards or Splints: Custom-made mouthguards or splints worn during sleep can help protect the teeth from damage caused by grinding and clenching.
    • Dental Correction: In some cases, dental treatments such as orthodontic correction of misaligned teeth or dental restorations may be necessary to improve bite alignment and reduce teeth grinding.
  4. Medications: Muscle relaxants or medications to reduce anxiety or stress may be prescribed in severe cases or when teeth grinding is associated with other conditions, such as sleep disorders.
  5. Lifestyle Changes: Avoiding stimulating substances like caffeine, alcohol, and tobacco, especially before bedtime, can help reduce Bruxism symptoms.
  6. Treating Underlying Conditions: If teeth grinding is associated with sleep disorders or other medical conditions, treating the underlying cause may alleviate symptoms.
  7. Injectables: There is some evidence that muscle relaxing injections to the masseter muscle of the jaw can help improve the symptoms of Bruxism.

Injection Treatment of Bruxism

The masseter muscle is the main muscle acting on the jaw. This muscle can be felt when you clench your teeth. In some people it can be very developed and strong.

The aim of the botulinum injection, commonly referred to as Botox, is to relax the action of the masseter muscle and improve the symptoms of Bruxism.

Schedule Your Bruxism Treatment Consultation at CLNQ

If you are suffering from the symptoms of teeth grinding or Bruxism, then book a consultation with our doctors to discuss treatment. We offer consultations at our clinics in Manchester or Cheshire. The doctor will take a history and examine you in order to understand your concerns with teeth grinding. They will recommend a tailored treatment plan for your condition.

Bruxism Treatment Frequently Asked Questions

How long does Bruxism treatment with injections last?

The treatment of teeth grinding with Botox or botulinum toxins usually lasts about four months and will need repeating. Some individuals may require repeat treatments sooner whilst in some it may last longer.

When will I notice the difference following a Masseter Botox injection for Bruxism?

The action of Botox or botulinum toxins is usually about seven to ten days. The effect usually lasts about three to four months.

What are the other effects of Masseter Botox?

The use of Botox to relax the masseter can result in slimming of the jawline. This is a commonly performed procedure to help contour the face.

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