Bruxism Botox
Bruxism Botox
Most people will respond extremely well to conventional treatments for bruxism which include the use of night splints or mouthguards. However some will find this treatment not sufficient and need more help. In this case we may recommend the use of Botox. Botox or botullinum toxin is a protein extracted from bacteria which acts as a paralytic. Although this might sound dramatic, when used in minute doses Botox is very effective in treating painful muscle spasms. It’s most commonly used for facial treatments where it is highly effective at reducing the action of facial muscles and has the effect of softening lines and wrinkles. More recently the use of Botox has been expanded to include a wider range of surgical and medical conditions and it is extremely effective.

The Procedure for Administering Botox for Bruxism

Botox is administered through very fine needles, creating minimal discomfort and has the effect of reducing the action of facial muscles so you can no longer clench and grind. It is injected directly into the masseter and temporalis muscles which are the large muscle responsible for moving the jaw. This relaxes the muscles sufficiently enough to prevent involuntary grinding and clenching while not affecting their function as a whole. As a result the damage to the temporomandibular joint or jaw joint is greatly reduced or even eliminated, as is wear and tear on the teeth and gums. Other problems associated with bruxism can also be reduced or eliminated, including chronic headaches. The amount of Botox used is minuscule and does not affect chewing or swallowing or facial expression. Botox cannot cure bruxism but it is very effective at controlling the uncomfortable symptoms and may be a better choice than a nightguard for some patients. Treatment typically lasts for 3 to 4 months before the injections need to be redone.