Do you suffer from Bruxism?
Bruxism, more commonly known as teeth grinding, can result in jaw pain and persistent headaches. It can also diminish tooth enamel and cause sensitivity and even chipped teeth. 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.
If you notice any of the following symptoms, you may be experiencing Bruxism:
- Rhythmic contractions of the jaw muscles
- A grinding sound at night
- Jaw muscles that are tight or painful
- Long-lasting pain in the face
- Swelling (occasionally) on the side of your lower jaw caused by clenching
Botox has historically been used in anti-wrinkle cosmetic treatments. Derived from the botulinum toxin. It paralyzes muscles temporarily, making it equally useful in treating conditions marked by muscle spasms, such as facial dystonia. When used judiciously, Botox limits a muscle’s full range and wears off over time.
Now, research has shown that injecting a small amount into the muscles responsible for moving your jaw reduces clenching and the accompanying tension and aches. Botox for bruxism is injected into the masseter muscle just below your cheekbone and the frontalis and temporalis muscles in your forehead and temples.
In the short term, Botox treatments can be effective in halting teeth grinding. Studies show that 6 out of 13 participants who received Botox injections experienced “much improved” or “very much improved” symptoms.