Teeth grinding (also known as bruxism) is a nasty condition that occurs frequently. Often, teeth grinding happens unconsciously during sleep and you do not notice it yourself. With prolonged teeth grinding, wear and tear can occur. This has both painful and cosmetic effects. Teeth grinding is easy to treat with botox, because botox gives the muscle a rest. The experienced cosmetic doctors at KNAP Institute are happy to help you! Before the treatment is started, your dentist must have established that the jaw position is not the cause of the grinding.
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Consequences and causes of teeth grinding
Teeth grinding (bruxism) is a difficult problem, that the teeth can prematurely wear out prematurely, which can seriously damage the teeth. Because teeth grinding often occurs at night, there can be a lot of tension and pain in the jaw, neck and headache and fatigue. Teeth grinding is common in young children, but also in adults. In some cases it can disappear spontaneously, but the symptoms can also persist. There can be various causes for teeth grinding such as stress, sleep disorders, smoking, drugs or alcohol use. There are also indications that an unconscious brain activity ensures that teeth and teeth are pushed over strongly.
Botox is injected into the jaw muscles during treatment. Use is made of small injection needles. A botox treatment for teeth grinding can help enormously, because botox reduces the muscle tension in the chewing muscles. The teeth grinding will thus reduce or even stop altogether. In principle, only the large masticatory muscle is treated during treatment. Should the other masticate muscle also be a cause, it will also be treated.
Serious side effects after bruxism treatment with botox are not known. It is possible that slight swellings occur, but these quickly pull away. There are a number of issues that you should take into account after the treatment:
- Do not scratch or rub on the areas where bumps and spots appear.
- Do not carry out physical exertion for the first six hours.
- Do not drink alcoholic beverages for the first six hours.
- Stay awake for the first four hours after treatment.
The day after the treatment there are no more restrictions. Your attending physician at KNAP Institute will give you all the necessary information after the treatment. For optimal results, it is recommended to repeat the botox treatment for teeth grinding every 3 to 4 months.
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