Grinding your teeth can be a terrible experience, as this involuntary behavior can cause jaw pain, headaches and wear down the tooth enamel to an extreme degree. If you’ve tried many approaches to treating bruxism and have been at a loss, then Botulinum toxin may be an option for you. At Artisan Dental, we work to provide exceptional care for our patients. We have extensive experience in cosmetic dentistry to provide patients with therapeutic Botox injections to help treat cases of bruxism.
Botox Therapy As a Solution To Bruxism
Bruxism is characterized by grinding and clenching your teeth. This condition can occur consciously or subconsciously and can lead to physical pain and severe dental problems. Often, people with bruxism experience headaches, facial pain, earaches, and migraines from the constant grinding and clenching. Bruxism is often harmful to your dental health, as it causes tooth enamel loss, increased tooth sensitivity, chipped teeth, and tooth breakage.
When left untreated, bruxism can become more frequent and severe, leading to side effects including:
- TMJ Disorder
- Sleep Apnea
- Jaw Disorders
- Permanent Tooth and Crown Damage
- Facial Pain
Botox, however, can provide treatment for bruxism. It freezes the facial muscles to help prevent your jaw from clenching and grinding, ultimately reducing the effects that this condition has on your jawline, facial muscles, and teeth.
How Does Botulinum Toxin Work For Bruxism?
Botulinum Toxin Type A, commonly known as Botox, can provide immense relief for those with bruxism. It’s been proven to be an ideal treatment for those with extensive jaw muscle activity and spasticity. While most people are familiar with Botox for removing wrinkles and plumping up facial features, many studies have shown that the botulinum toxin type A can stop jaw clenching and teeth grinding in some patients. Its muscle-relaxing properties give it the ability to stop jaw clenching and teeth grinding as a temporary measure for those who suffer from bruxism. Some cosmetic changes have even been reported to people’s smiles when using Botox as a form of cosmetic therapy treatment.
During Botox therapy, small amounts of the botulinum toxin will be injected into the jaw muscles, specifically the masseter muscle responsible for chewing. The frontalis and temporalis muscles may also receive injections. Within several days Botox can relax the muscles to reduce clenching, tension, and aches commonly experienced with bruxism. It usually begins to work within one to three days after injection, and the effects of the Botox can last between three to six months.
Our Botox Therapy for Clenching and Grinding (Bruxism) At Artisan Dental
While there is no cure for bruxism, other treatments such as night guards can also relieve nighttime grinding and soreness. At Artisan Dental, Dr. Rehermann and Dr. Reimer have received specialized training regarding the administration of Botulinum Toxin from the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. You can speak to our team of dentists in Madison, Wisconsin, about our various solutions for clenching and grinding (bruxism) and dental treatments to learn which of our options will work best for you.