Bruxism is a fancy way to say teeth grinding. It’s the technical, medical term. It can result in jaw pain and persistent headaches. It can also diminish tooth enamel and cause sensitivity and even chipped teeth. Traditionally, treatments for teeth grinding focus mainly on preventing dental damage. But new studies have shown that using Botox for bruxism could effectively halt grinding in the first place.
Botox is best known for its use in anti-wrinkle cosmetic treatments. Derived from the botulinum toxin, it paralyzes muscles temporarily. This makes it equally useful in treating conditions marked by muscle spasms, such as facial dystonia. When used prudently, Botox limits a muscle’s full range and wears off over time.
Research has shown that injecting a small amount of Botox in the jaw reduces clenching and the accompanying tension. In addition, the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) has shown it reduces aches. The injection is placed into the masseter muscle (the large one responsible for moving the jaw) just below your cheekbone. It can also be placed in the frontalis and temporalis muscles in your forehead and temples. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) and headaches should be reduced or eliminated as well. Luckily, no voluntary movements, such as chewing and facial expressions, will be lost or effected. Phew!
Unfortunately, Botox is not a cure for bruxism. However, it can effectively control the uncomfortable symptoms. These positive effects typically last between 3-4 months.
For those suffering from bruxism, life can be a constant struggle. Please, contact us today for a free phone consultation! We will discuss how Botox can help treat your bruxism.
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