Most people will respond extremely well to conventional treatments for bruxism, which include the use of night splints or mouth guards. However, some will find this treatment not sufficient and need more help. In this case, Dr. Daria Royzman and Dr. Daniel Royzman may recommend the use of BOTOX®. BOTOX 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 is 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. It 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 night guard for some patients. Treatment typically lasts for three to four months before the injections need to be redone.
To speak with the periodontists about BOTOX in New York, New York, please contact D & D Periodontal Associates, P.C. at 212-759-7763.