Teeth grinding (Bruxism)

There are many reasons that we might grind our teeth, from occasional stress or simply the habit of doing so, to grinding our teeth or jaw clenching in our sleep, snoring and sleep apnoea, as well as physical issues such as jaw misalignment, or specific stages of tooth growth in children and young adults.

At IHYA Clinic in Birmingham, we offer a simple, non-surgical and highly-effective solution for teeth grinding which can offer relief and additional benefits for months at a time, so you can feel better and help to save the damage, that this condition can do to your teeth.

Causes of teeth grinding

It’s not always that clear what causes us to grind our teeth, but it can be linked to several factors. These include:

  • Stress, anxiety and a fast-paced or hectic lifestyle
  • Sleep issues, such as snoring and sleep apnoea
  • Smoking, drinking lots of alcohol and caffeine
  • Taking narcotic drugs such as ecstasy and cocaine
  • Certain medications such as SSRI anti-depressants
  • Common in children and teenagers, before adult teeth have appeared

Teeth grinding can happen whilst you are aware or asleep and can cause other symptoms including a painful jaw (which can lead to a condition which is known as temporomandibular disorder) as well as face, shoulder and neck pain, headaches, earache worn-down or broken teeth (leading to sensitivity and/or loss of teeth and fillings) or disturbed sleep.

Treatment for teeth grinding and jaw clenching

Teeth grinding can be extremely uncomfortable and lead to many other symptoms.

At IHYA we offer Botox® injections, applied in to the masseter muscles (either sides of your jaw) to temporarily relax these muscles for up to 6 months at a time. Benefits include less teeth grinding as well as a slimmer jawline with less masseter protrusion.

Our treatments for teeth grinding

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