Bruxism (Teeth Grinding), TMD and Injectables

At East Bentleigh Dental Group, we understand that many patients experience considerable discomfort or debilitating pain from bruxism (the clenching and/or grinding of teeth in sleep) and temporomandibular disorders (TMD) that cause jaw pain. Fortunately, our experienced team keeps up to date with the latest dentistry technologies and techniques to provide effective teeth grinding treatment for these afflictions. One relatively new bruxism cure and TMD treatment involves the use of injectables to relax facial muscles, stop clenching and ease headaches associated =with bruxism and TMD.

Contact East Bentleigh Dental Group today to find out if you’re eligible.

How Does It Work?

Our staff can provide an injection that relaxes facial muscles and stops the spasms that cause painful headaches as well as other symptoms of pain and discomfort. The injection is generally administered using a very fine needle into the specific muscles that are causing the pain. This helps to achieve a reduction in teeth grinding while allowing other muscles to continue functioning normally for actions such as chewing and other jaw movements.

What Dosage Is Used?

The dosage of injectable used will vary depending on the location of the afflicted muscle as well as the severity of the pain. Your dentist will examine you before determining which dosage is appropriate for your bruxism cure or TMD treatment.

Is the Treatment Painful?

Due to the fineness of the needle used, the teeth grinding treatment does not typically cause pain. No anaesthetic is required and the treatment can be completed in as little as 15 minutes.

How Long Do Results Last?

It can take between 2 to 7 days for the injections to reach their full effect, and they can last for up to 4 months before repeat injections are required.

What’s the Difference Between Bruxism and TMD?

The difference between bruxism and TMD is that bruxism refers to clenching of the teeth, while TMD is a disorder affecting the jaw that includes bruxism as a symptom. This means a bruxism cure will typically vary from a TMD treatment, although some treatments such as injectables can be useful for both conditions.

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What Are the Symptoms of Bruxism?

Symptoms of bruxism include:

  • Clenching and grinding teeth in sleep
  • Flattened, chipped or fractured teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Pain in the jaw
  • Worn tooth enamel

What Are the Symptoms of TMD?

Some of the common symptoms of TMD can include:

  • Grinding or grating noises with movement of the jaw
  • Jaw and face pain
  • Bruxism
  • Difficulty opening the mouth
  • Worn tooth enamel
  • Tinnitus
  • Dizziness
  • Headaches
  • Earache

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If you’re suffering from the effects of teeth grinding and you’re interested in finding a solution, get in touch with the friendly team at East Bentleigh Dental Group today. Contact us or book online today.