Treatment for Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Masseter muscle is the strongest muscle of the human body, that originates from the cheekbone and extends down to the lower jaw and that enables chewing function.
Masseter muscle, that is congenitally very defined, increases in volume over time due to grinding and clenching of the teeth and leads to enlargement of the lower part of the face causing it to take the shape of a square. This causes women’s facial expressions to look tough and manly. Problem of grinding and clenching of the teeth result in severe headache, tooth enamel erosion, pain in jaw joints and occlusion.
Botox injected into masseter muscle that is located in the jaw area relaxes and diminishes this muscle. The face takes an oval shape and begins to look more feminine. Moreover, it solves the problems of grinding and clenching of the teeth and problems related to the jaw joint.
Problem of Teeth Clenching can be treated with Masseter Botox.
Teeth grinding, in other words bruxism, is a problem which may lead to the problems of physical pain and severe tooth problems. A person who has this problem grinds their teeth without noticing they are doing it while asleep or awake. Chronic teeth grinding can cause headache, earache, face ache and even migraines.
What Are the Risks of Teeth Grinding?
- Loss of tooth enamel
- Increased tooth sensitivity
- Flattened teeth
- Fracture of teeth
Which Problems Does Masseter Botox Treat?
Masseter Botox is an effective method of treatment that puts the patient at ease and that is used to fix problems of jaw pains, headaches and other unpleasant problems related to bruxism.
Masseter Botox treatments help soften appearance of the jawline besides treating bruxism.
How is Masseter Botox Procedure is Performed?
Masseter Botox is a procedure that helps us to take masseter muscles under control, which are the largest jaw muscles that support us in carrying our teeth. The related area is numbed with topical anesthetic cream before the procedure takes place. Botox is injected from cheek area directly into the muscle group during the procedure. As such, muscle is weakened so much so that involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw is prevented.
Patient does not feel any pain during this procedure that takes approximately 10 minutes. Patient can immediately go back to working life after this procedure is completed.
How Does Botox Work in Treatment for Teeth Grinding?
The purpose of masseter Botox is to weaken masseter (chewing muscle). Botox begins to take effect within 3 days. It does not cause any asymmetry or difference in appearance during such days. It takes full effect on day 14. The follow-up session takes place after the 14th day and if required, additional Botox is injected into the areas that need it. Masseter is a very strong muscle with large volume. The dose that is required for Botox to have any effect on the masseter is so much higher than that of cosmetic Botox that is applied on the face. After the second session that takes place on the 14th day, it may be need to be repeated every six months as required.
What are the Points that must be Considered Before and After the Procedure?
- Patient should not drink alcoholic beverages before the procedure.
- Patient can stop taking anticoagulant (blood-thinners) drugs, aspirin and non-steroid anti-inflammatory drugs at least three days previously under the supervision of the physician.
- Please consult your physician if you need to take muscle relaxant and antibiotics after the procedure.
- Patients must avoid getting pregnant or use an effective contraceptive method.
- Patients must avoid breastfeeding.
What are the Advantages of Masseter Botox?
- It is a quite safe procedure. As is known, Botox does not require surgical intervention. Therefore, it does not pose a risk as plastic surgical operations do.
- It thins structure of the jaw so that your jaw looks thinner and oval rather than being square-shaped.
- Botox that is injected into masseter diminishes the size of jaw muscles. As such, your jawline becomes thinner and more defined.
- It helps you get rid of the pain that is caused by jaw clenching and teeth grinding.
How Long Does Masseter Botox Last?
Masseter Botox lasts for 3 to 6 months. It may change depending on the lifestyle and mimic-using habits of the patient. However, it is observed that it lasts longer in patients who get Botox regularly.