Did you know that some headaches can be dental in origin? Bruxism is the medical term for unconscious teeth clenching and grinding, either while awake or asleep, which can lead to physical pain and severe dental problems. Chronic teeth grinding can cause headache, earaches, facial pain, and even migraines. Bruxism sufferers who grind and clench their teeth while sleeping frequently wake up with a sore jaw. Hypertrophy of the masseter muscle, which may lead to the appearance of a severe square jaw, is another side effect of bruxism.
Now with the use of muscle relaxant injections we can provide tremendous relief from jaw soreness, headaches, and other unpleasant problems associated with Bruxism. By injecting small doses of muscle relaxant directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches is reduced or eliminated as well. Voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, are not effected.
Although these injections are not a cure for bruxism, they can effectively control the uncomfortable symptoms better than a night guard for some patients. Treatment typically lasts 3 to 6 months and a repeat is recommended.
Hypertrophy of the masseter muscle, which may lead to the appearance of a severe square jaw, is another side effect of bruxism. Most males won’t have a problem with that but it’s not desirable for the ladies as it causes the jaw line to become too square.
Muscle Relaxant Injections can be used to cause slimming of the face by reducing the action of the Masseter muscle therefore causing atrophy and reduction in the volume of this muscle. Injections are very tolerable and usually don’t require any numbing of the area.