Excessive teeth grinding or bruxism occurs subconsciously by exerting a biting force to the jaw and teeth beyond that of normal function. This can happen excessively during sleep or when focusing on other things unknowingly.

What issues can bruxism cause?

Cumulative damage that is done over many years by bruxism and can cause:

  • Teeth fracture
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Tight jaws
  • Failure of dental restorations
  • Breaking teeth
  • Cracked fillings
  • Jaw ache
  • Headaches
  • Neck and shoulder ache

Cumulative damage over many years can result in fractures, sensitivity and even broken teeth. The cracks may not appear until many years later. Some cracks may be able to be repaired with basic dental work, however, others may require root canal treatments, crowns or the removal of teeth.

Treatment

Anti-wrinkle solution is injected into the masseter (jaw) muscles to reduce the signals between the muscles and the nerves. As a result, the masseter muscles are less active. The signals are still present, however, less intense with movement and therefore less grinding and clenching pressure is exerted to the teeth and jaw muscles.

How long does it last?

Treatment can take up to two weeks to take full effect and usually lasts around 6 months.

Is there any downtime?

No, the patient can go straight back to work. It is a 10 minute painless treatment.

Is it painful?

No, It involves 4-6 tiny injections

What is the cost?

A specialist consultation fee of $150 applies to Bruxism consultations in addition to the cost of treatment. The cost is dependent on the strength of the muscal and the amount of units required. Everyone is different and some may require more or less units than others. Units required for this treatment can range between 60 to 120 units in total.
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Are there any side effects?

No, when performed by an experienced doctor.

Who can be treated?

Anyone with teeth grinding issues.