Bruxism is the medical term for unconscious teeth clenching and grinding, either while awake or asleep, which can lead to physical painful and severe dental problems. Many bruxists also tend to have a square jaw caused by overworking the masseter muscle.
Dr Nishi Dhuna has been very familiar with bruxism during her career in dentistry but it has been treatment with Botox that she has found to be most effective.
By injecting small doses of botulinum toxin directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Chronic bruxism individuals also find that their jaw no longer looks square as the muscle is relaxed.
Will I Stop Grinding My Teeth After Botox injections?
Although botulinum toxin injections are not a cure for bruxism, they can effectively control the uncomfortable symptoms better than a nightguard for some patients. Botulinum toxin used for treating bruxism typically lasts for three to four months.
How quickly does it work?
Depending on the individual, patients may start feeling the effects by the next day.
Are there any side effects?
Occasionally some localised bruising can occur, but this is quite rare and can usually be masked with make-up.
Treatments that can help
These treatments can help with this condition.
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