Botox against teeth grinding
Every second German grinds his teeth, medically this phenomenon is called bruxism. In most patients, teeth grinding happens unnoticed, at night. They clench their teeth, grind or grind. Up to 480 kilograms can press this on the teeth. What to do?
In any case, teeth grinding should not be underestimated. In the long run, teeth can break out or lose their original shape. But bruxism is also unpleasantly noticeable in the face and has far-reaching health consequences. Dr. Sonja Sattler, co-founder of the renowned Rosenpark Clinic, explains in a VIDEO interview what can be done about it.
What are the reasons why more and more people grind their teeth?
“Bruxism is a very common phenomenon and many people don’t know how to deal with it. Typically, the dentist notices when people grind or clench their teeth at night based on the change in their dental appearance. Usually, a splint is then created to be worn at night to prevent grinding and thus protect the teeth. However, this treatment method is only temporarily effective. In contrast, braking the masseter muscle (which produces the grinding) with botulinum toxin is a promising and effective method that is being used more and more often.”
Teeth grinding has many consequences
“First, bruxism patients usually have the dental problem. Subsequently, arthritis of the temporomandibular joint is often added and many people suffer from migraine. The tension overnight is immense, especially due to daily stress, which is not necessarily getting less these days. That’s why it’s so important to address the treatment for teeth grinding, so there’s no long-term damage to the body.”
How is bruxism diagnosed?
“There is no classical diagnostic method for bruxism. The dentist sees the change on the surface of the teeth and visually there is usually a widening of the jaw. Even if patients don’t bring it up on their own, it’s often obvious to a doctor from the prominent masseter muscle that the patient is grinding.”
Traces of teeth grinding show up on the face. What exactly changes?
“A very visible change is the widening of the jaw angle in front of the ear. This visual change is currently even trendy and many young women have the ‘chin and jawline’ injected with hyaluron to get a more prominent face. However, bruxism can quickly cause the jawline to become too pronounced, resulting in a triangular shape to the face. This happens when the jawline is wider than the cheekbones.”
Besides dental therapies like a bite splint, what can be done about bruxism?
“The masseter muscle is treated with smaller amounts of botulinum toxin about every 2 months until the patient no longer grinds. Paralysis of the muscle is not the goal, but the braking of jaw activity. This method was developed by neurologists and it is mainly used in aesthetic medicine, as these doctors are very well versed in the use of botulinum toxins.”