Bruxism (Jaw Clench)
What is it and what causes it?
Bruxism, commonly referred to as jaw clench or tooth grinding, is a disorder of repetitive, unconscious contraction of the associated jaw muscles. Left untreated bruxism can lead to tooth attrition, sleep apnoea, migraines and tension headaches.
Injections of Botulinum Toxin Type A (Botox) is commonly used to treat severe bruxism that has not previously responded to conventional methods of treatment. A dilute solution of the toxin partially paralyses the muscles and lessens the ability to forcefully clench the jaw and/or grind the teeth.