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Botox and Bruxism: The Link Between the Two B’s

Posted In Quicktake - By The Grand Canyons on Thursday, December 15th, 2016 With No Comments »

Botox in DraperInitially, the idea of bruxism and Botox in one box doesn’t seem to make sense. But if you continue to read this, it eventually will.

Bruxism is the medical term used to describe the unconscious grinding and clenching of your teeth, which results in serious pain and dental problems. The non-stop grinding is the culprit behind facial pain and the severest cases of migraines.

If not resolved immediately, sufferers will experience more pain and, possibly, a misshapen jaw.

So, where does Botox come into play?

Botox vs. Conventional Treatments

Apart from making your skin look young again, Botox is also helpful in other physical issues — such as bruxism, says Clarity Skin, a local medical spa.

Treatments containing Botulinum Toxin Type A, popularly known as Botox, provides relief for headaches, jaw soreness, and other problems due to bruxism. Due to its multipurpose benefits, Botox is now an ideal treatment option focused on treating excessive muscle activity and spasticity.

Other treatments (e.g., dental devices and anti-inflammatory medication) don’t always address the source of the problem. Dental devices might be good at protecting teeth from bruxism damages during the night, but it doesn’t totally stop the painful side effects.

How the Procedure Works

Injecting small doses of Botox into the masseter muscle (the large muscle responsible for jaw movement) weakens it enough to stop the involuntary jaw clenching and teeth grinding. Botox relaxes your muscles and reduces the wearing effect on the teeth.

The procedure, however, does not affect your voluntary movements (e.g., facial expressions and chewing). Botox used for treating bruxism usually lasts for three to four months.

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While Botox injections are not THE cure for bruxism, these are helpful in effectively controlling the discomfort due to the symptoms. In fact, for some patients, it’s more helpful than a night guard.

With Botox for bruxism, you hit two birds with one stone: you’ll look younger and spare yourself from prolonged discomfort.