Concerns

Teeth grinding & clenching

Do you suffer with chronic tension in your jaw? Aching pains at the back of your jaw, your temples, or in front of your ear? Clenching and grinding your teeth? Or has your partner told you you’re grinding while asleep?

Known as bruxism, it is a type of TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder that causes pain and damage to your TMJ and teeth. It can even give you a square, boxy-shaped jawline.

Discover how we can quickly and easily treat TMJ disorders like bruxism.

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Cause & concerns

Stress & anxiety

Stress and anxiety often cause people to carry tension in their jaw muscles. Over time this can result in the typical symptoms of bruxism, like teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

Malocclusion

When your upper and lower jaws don’t align, grinding and clenching may result. This is often seen in people who need braces, jaw expanders and teeth removed.

Medications

Certain medications (especially those used for anxiety and depression) can cause teeth grinding and jaw clenching as a side effect.

Chewing gum

Habitual gum chewers are more likely to suffer from teeth grinding and jaw clenching because the have stronger muscles.

Treatment Options

Jawline slimming injections

Also known as masseter injections, this non-invasive treatment relaxes your jaw muscles.

Not only does it treat bruxism, it also slims your jaw, for a more aesthetic lower face.

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Temple slimming injections

The paired temporalis are important TMJ muscles found in your temples.

Relaxing them can alleviate grinding and clenching.

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Mouth guards

These splints made by a dentist are worn at night to protect your teeth.

Most people find them uncomfortable, and require new guards every few months as they wear out.

Medications

Pain relief and muscle relaxant medications give short term relief from severe bruxism.

Behavioural

Avoiding tough foods and gum, as well as practicing relaxation techniques can reduce tension in your jaw.

Before & after

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Before and after jawline slimming injections demonstrating a more tapered face-shape.

This is an additional benefit to treating teeth grinding and clenching.

Before and after jawline slimming injections.

Notice the improvement in the shape of his jawline, which is an added benefit to treating TMJ disorders with this option.

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    TMJ is an abbreviation for ‘Temporomandibular joint’. The TMJ is the joint that connects your mandible (jaw bone) to your skull.

    It is involved in speaking, eating, and facial expression.

    Bruxism is a type of TMJ disorder characterised by teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

    Yes, TMJ pain can only affect one side of your face. This commonly affects the side you chew on, and can also occur if you have sustained trauma to one side of your face.

    Certain anti-depressants can cause teeth grinding and jaw clenching. This generally occurs 3-4 weeks after commencing the medication. You should speak to your GP if you develop teeth grinding after commencing new medication.

    TMJ pain and bruxism result from joint dysfunction and wear and tear. Muscle tension applied to the joint can exacerbate pain. The muscles involved in this are most commonly the masseters and temporalis muscles.

    The most common treatment for TMJ pain is to use a cold pack and over-the-counter pain relief.

    Most TMJ pain improves on its own with conservative measures.

    For persistent TMJ pain, TMJ injections are an option.

    The muscles that are the treatment targets for bruxism injections are the temporalis and masseter muscles.

    The temporalis muscles are located on each side of the face in the temples, and the masseters are located at the back of the jawline, one on each side.

    There are a number of treatments to improve TMJ pain.

    Over-the-counter pain relief and a cold pack can alleviate tenderness around the TMJ. People with chronic TMJ pain may need positioning splints, physiotherapy and TMJ injections to relax muscle tension.

    Botox is an effective treatment option for TMJ disorders including teeth grinding and jaw clenching.

    It works by relaxing the muscles that commonly cause temporomandibular joint dysfunction; the masseter and temporalis muscles.

    TMJ injections are not cot covered by medicare.

    When performed carefully most people find TMJ injections to have very little discomfort. Patients generally rate injections for TMJ pain as a 2-3 out of 10 on the pain scale.

    Most people have 3-4 injections per muscle to treat TMJ pain. You will need either 2 or 4 muscles injected during your treatment, depending on whether the temporalis or masseter muscles or both are contributing to the pain.

    To treat TMJ pain, you will generally need 20-30 units of anti-wrinkle (muscle-relaxing) product placed into each muscle. Depending on the brand of product used, the units required may be higher (2.5 times the amount).

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