Botox for Bruxism in Englewood, NJ
Botox is the most performed, minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in North America, and it has become one of the most effective treatments for Bruxism, the clenching and/or grinding of teeth.
How Does Botox for Bruxism Work?
Botox is a biologic toxin (Botulinum Toxin A) which comes in the form of a purified protein. This muscle relaxer blocks some of the transmitters in muscles, preventing them from contracting and essentially causing them to relax.
We inject Botox into several muscle groups that are involved in moving the jaw, so that the muscles are weakened enough to significantly lessen the amount of grinding taking place. The result is a profound reduction in wear on your teeth. Botox allows most patients to experience much less tension when they wake up and then feel much better throughout the day.
The needle that is used to inject Botox is tiny, and its sting is minimal. The entire process is practically painless, so no anesthesia is needed, and most of our patients are awake during treatment. However, if you are anxious or extra sensitive, we are happy to offer sedation.
Are There Any Side Effects of Using Botox for Bruxism?
When Botox is administered by our highly trained and skilled Botox specialist, Dr. Park, there are rarely any side effects. If some should result, they’re typically short-term side effects that can range from minimal pain, swelling, and bruising to droopy or crooked eyelids or eyebrows and headache or flu-like symptoms. These side effects are temporary. It’s extremely uncommon for our patients to experience muscle weakness, breathing problems, trouble speaking, or vision problems. If you find you have any of these effects, call us immediately.
What Other Treatments Should I Try Before Botox for Teeth Grinding/Bruxism?
Nightguards, custom-made appliances that you can wear while you sleep, are a great first line of defense when it comes to teeth wear. However, while helpful in minimizing the effects of teeth grinding, softening the impact of upper teeth on lower teeth, they don’t provide a cure.
If you find that nightguards don’t do the trick, Botox is an excellent treatment that weakens the muscles enough to prevent the grinding but not enough to interfere with everyday functions like chewing and speaking.
How Can I Maintain Enamel on My Teeth?
Teeth grinding can damage enamel, and the most important thing you can do to strengthen it is maintain daily oral hygiene with a soft toothbrush, enamel strengthening toothpaste, and proper brushing techniques.
Pros and Cons of Botox Treatment for Bruxism
The obvious benefits of Botox treatment for Bruxism are less teeth grinding, less pain, less wear and tear on your teeth, and less facial tension.
A possible con of Botox is bruising, but that is only for a day or two. Some patients have experienced an eyelid droop, but this is also a temporary side effect. Headaches, which seldom occur, usually disappear within the first couple days. Perhaps, the biggest con is that Botox wears off within a few months, so it’s necessary to come in for regular treatments.
We are eager to help you find relief from your teeth grinding. We invite you to contact us today and schedule an appointment to learn more about our BOTOX treatments for Bruxism.