Do you often wake up with a dull headache or a sore jaw? Do you sometimes find yourself clenching your teeth?
Many people are unaware that they grind their teeth because they do it while they sleep. Bruxism often occurs in the early part of the night and can disturb sleep partners. The clenching and grinding may be quite audible. Others make no sound while bruxing their teeth and do not realise they are doing it until the dentist discovers unusual wear spots on their teeth. Bruxism may be mild and occasional or aggressive and frequent.
People who grind or clench their teeth may wake with a headache, earache or a toothache. Their facial muscles may be sore and the jaw joints tender. Besides causing discomfort, grinding can eventually damage dental restorations and may loosen teeth. Bruxism also can cause damage to the temporomandibular joints – the joints on each side of the mouth that connect the lower jaw to the skull. The pressure from clenching and grinding can cause cracks or fractures in the teeth. As the tooth enamel is worn away the underlying layer of dentin may be exposed. This causes the tooth to become sensitive to temperature changes and pressure.
Bruxism can develop at any age. Pain or discomfort from colds, ear infections, allergies and other ailments may cause children to grind their teeth.
We look forward to your visit.
Dr Rahma Targett
The Masseter Muscle
The Masseter is the powerful muscle on the side of you cheek that enables you to bite and chew. It is important for two separate reasons
A large masseter muscle makes your jaw look square. A square jaw can actually look good on some men. In fact the band of muscle below the eye also gives a somewhat manly character. But it’s a different matter if it is too square, especially if you are a woman for it takes away that feminine oval face.
Medically, a large masseter is associated with teeth grinding and bruxism, or a pain in your jaw caused by spasm of the muscles
There is some suggestion that Bruxism is associated with Migraines. Certainly it can cause headaches though one of the migraine trigger zones is in the temples.
How Do You Treat Bruxism?
Very often the squareness is due to increased strength and volume of your jaw muscle, called the Masseter, and Botox can be used to weaken it, giving a less square jaw with a softer angle. By blocking the action of selected muscles with Botulinum toxin we can reduce their power and cause a reduction in muscle size over time , very much like the process in treating wrinkles. For those with bruxism, they notice the pain decreasing within a week. You will generally notice softening of the masseter muscle at 2 weeks and softening of the jawline over the next 4 weeks. Researchers have observed that with continued treatment the reduced power of the muscle can actually allow the body to remodel the bone shape, so that your softer jawline is due both to muscle volume reduction and a change in your jaw shape to a more feminine line. The effects can be truly remarkable.
What to expect
Dr Targett’s method for Botulinum toxoid injection into the masseter is quick and painless, and with no downtime. The Botox takes about a week to begin to take effect, when you will first feel some softness of the masseter muscle at the site of the injections when you clench your jaw. Then over the next 4 weeks the softened muscle will reduce in size because it is no longer being used (a bit like being weightless in space), and you will see a lessening of the squareness of your jaw. You may require a second initial treatment at 6 weeks, but generally this is not necessary. The effects of the botulinum toxin in weakening the muscle last about 3-4 months, but very often the effects of the botulinum toxin lasts far longer and many people find they only require a repeat treatment about once a year before the masseter volume begins to increase again.
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