Teeth grinding (also known as Bruxism) affects millions of people in the U.S. Many of these people don’t seek treatment at all. While there are a number of treatments for Bruxism available, Botox is one of the most safe and effective solutions.
Bruxism can wreak havoc on your teeth and cause jaw disorders, headaches, teeth damage, and, of course, pain. The clinching happens because muscles that close the jaw forcefully contract during the nighttime. This makes it so that the teeth grind against each other at very high pressures. A dental guard is usually worn to treat this condition because it prevents the teeth from touching. It is effective for many patients, but does not get to the bottom of the underlying concern (muscles that forcefully contract).
Botox for Bruxism corrects the underlying problem of forcefully contracting muscles. Botox causes the muscles to be weaker and prevents teeth from grinding together a night, but it does not affect talking or chewing. You should be able to eat without issue. Most patients will experience all or most of their symptoms eased from teeth grinding a week or two after the injection of Botox. The treatment is effective for four to six months. The treatment takes almost no time (about five minutes) and will allow for a better quality of sleep, relief from pain and headaches, prevention of more teeth damage, and an overall improvement in the patient’s quality of life.
For Bruxism, Botox is injected into two of the main muscles that cause teeth grinding (the temporalis and masseter). Botox weakens these muscles to prevent nighttime grinding. Do you suffer from Bruxism and need relief now? Schedule a consultation today and we’ll discuss your treatment options.