Stop Grinding Your Teeth
Botox is highly popular as a wrinkle-reducing injectable. However, it can be used in other off-label applications as well. Masseter Botox or jaw Botox is a more frequently requested treatment option.
Two-fold results are offered by this treatment. It can slim the jawline subtly depending on the shape of your face. It can also prevent you from grinding and clenching your teeth during the day or while you are sleeping.
Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, provides Botox injections for the jaw (masseter) muscle for bruxism treatment to patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and surrounding communities.
Treating Bruxism with Botulinum Toxin
Bruxism is the medical term for clenching or grinding teeth unconsciously while asleep or awake. This can cause severe dental problems and physical pain. Chronic teeth grinding can also result in earaches, headache, migraines, and facial pain.
Loss of teeth enamel, flattening/chipping of teeth, and increased tooth sensitivity are a few side effects of bruxism. Generally, people with bruxism would wake up with a sore jaw (if they are in the habit of grinding and clenching their teeth frequently while sleeping).
Hypertrophy of the masseter muscles can result in the appearance of severe square jaw. This is another side effect of bruxism. Botox treatments can provide relief from headaches, jaw soreness and other unpleasant issues associated with bruxism. Appearance of the jaw line can also get softened by Botox treatments for bruxism.
Botox for Grinding and Clenching
The masseter muscle in the jaw gets weakened over time with small doses of botulinum toxin or Botox. This is enough to stop the habitual clenching and grinding of the teeth. It can also put a stop to jaw clenching. Overactive jaw muscles are instantly relaxed with Botox medication. This reduces wear and tear because of bruxism.
Headache and damage to the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is eliminated or reduced as well. Botox doesn’t affect voluntary movements, such as facial expressions and chewing. Botox is not a permanent cure for bruxism. However, it can effectively reduce the uncomfortable symptoms associated with the condition. Botox can reduce symptoms for a period of 3 to 4 months.
Conventional Bruxism Treatments vs. Botox
Botox is an ideal treatment for treating and targeting excessive spasticity and muscle activity. There are several other treatments, such as dental devices and anti-inflammatory medications that can be used for treating bruxism.
However, these options don’t address the source of the problem. Dental devices can protect teeth from lasting damage. However, these are ineffective in preventing the painful side effects of jaw grinding.
Jaw Botox Results
Botox when used for relieving the pain of teeth grinding and TMD can provide pain relief in 7 days. You would notice the maximum effects of botulinum toxin on masseter muscle hypertrophy after about 6 weeks or 3 months. There is no residual pain or downtime after the treatment. You will be on your way to work without any bruising or marks.
Modern Body Contouring & Laser Center, led by board certified plastic surgeons Dr. Burton M. Sundin and Dr. Reps B. Sundin, receives patients from Northern Virginia, Washington DC, Vienna, McLean, Loudoun, Ashburn, Tysons Corner, Reston, Arlington, Chevy Chase, Richmond, Fredericksburg, and nearby areas for Botox injections for jaw (masseter) muscle to treat bruxism.
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