Our Frequently Asked Questions
Bruxism is an oral parafunctional activity, meaning it is unrelated to the normal function of talking and chewing. It is a condition in which you gnash, grind, or clench your teeth together. Some patients clench their teeth when they are awake and are simply not aware they are doing it. Others clench and grind unconsciously when they sleep. Over time, this repetitive habit causes destructive wear to the surfaces of the teeth and leads to cracks, breaks and in some cases, loss of teeth.
Masseter Hypertrophy clinically presents as enlargement of the masseter muscle, the main muscle that we use to chew. Many patients complain of pain in the muscle, tightness of the muscle, and in some cases feel as though their teeth don’t come together correctly at times.
While the results are positive, it is important for patients to understand that this treatment will only work if the cause of the pain IS muscular. After a series of BTx-A injections, if there is little to no improvement, then we can discard the cause as being muscular. In this case BTx-A has been a useful diagnostic tool, and we can guide our patients towards investigating other causes of the pain.
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