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Teeth grinding, bruxism and TMJ

Teeth grinding, bruxism and TMJ

Disorders that can cause a great degree of distress to patients!

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At London Cosmetic Clinic in Southport we receive a large number of enquiries related to the treatment of teeth grinding, bruxism and TMJ (temporo mandibular joint dysfunction), which are disorders that can cause a great degree of distress to patients that suffer from these problems.

Symptoms are headaches, jaw pain, sore temples and tension/ fatigue in the jaw. Periodically, people will even report hearing changes due to inflammatory processes. 

On assessment by a medical practitioner, dentist or cosmetic injector, the observation may be made of an enlarged or overly developed jawline, more often evident in women. In fact, women between the ages of 20 and 40yrs of age are far more likely to suffer from these phenomena, however men do suffer as well. The over developed jaw line is also a cause for concern for women as it tends to look more masculine than feminine.

Often people are unaware they have the problem as sometimes the symptoms occur without them realising, including being asleep at the time. Night time teeth clenching or grinding is sometimes only discovered by mention of a sleeping partner or via a dentist noticing premature wear of the molar teeth.

The usual diagnosis of one of these problems such as TMJ disorder, bruxism or teeth grinding comes via taking a history, physical observation and conducting some investigative tests to rule out other issues. That done, the usual treatment techniques range from anti inflammatories, heat/ ice therapy, massage, acupuncture, having mouth guards/ splints made and antidepressant. These remedies can be partially or wholly successful, but in some cases of difficulty they are of little benefit to patients, who feel like they are on an expensive, frustrating merry-go-round of treatments and practitioners. More recently, muscle relaxants, like Dysport and Botox have proven to be very effective in treating patients in whom a diagnosis has been made, but other therapies have failed. Muscle relaxants work by reducing the strength of the jaw and temporal muscles (masseters) that are responsible for grinding and clenching. The secondary benefit for women is usually slimmer jawline over time. With reduced muscle strength to the masseters, they shrink over time and have less ability to clench, causing symptoms of tension and pain etc. At London Cosmetic Clinic we see a large number of patients that have not had the opportunity to discuss the option of muscle relaxants.

We welcome you to call our rooms at the Brickworks Centre in Southport on 55322800 to book a free consultation to discuss your concerns and range of options available to you.

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