Botox used to treat bruxism

Bruxism is the unconscious grinding and clenching of the teeth.

Bruxism occurs mainly at night and results in an aching jaw and actual teeth damage. It can also cause an increase in muscle size of the jaw muscles giving a ‘square’ appearance to the face. Botox used to treat Bruxism is an effective treatment.

The NHS website states that Bruxism doesn’t always cause symptoms but some people get facial pain and headaches, and it can wear down your teeth over time.

Most people who grind their teeth and clench their jaw aren’t aware they’re doing it. It often happens during sleep or while concentrating or under stress. Facial pain and headaches often disappear when you stop grinding your teeth.

Botox® injections can be administered to treat this common condition. They cause a reduction in muscle size, reducing bruxism and its symptoms and creating a less square and more feminine face.

How does Botox treatment for clenching and grinding work?

Injecting small doses of Botox (botulinum toxin) directly into the masseter muscle ( jaw), weakens the muscle enough to stop habitual grinding of the teeth and jaw clenching.  It brings relief to the TMJ (temporomandibular) and relaxes the muscle reducing wear and tear on teeth due to bruxism (the action of clenching or grinding).

How long does it take for the Botox to start taking effect?

The treatment works in around 10-14 days.

How long do the effects last?

The effects last from 3- 6 months depending on how quickly your body metabolises the Botox so this varies from person to person. We recommend repeating the procedure every 4-6 months.