Treating Bruxism with Botox ® is a common procedure, that we perform frequently at PHI Clinic. While Botox® injections do not cure this teeth grinding, it can reduce symptoms for 3-4 months, and give some relief from the headaches and toothache associated with clenching, as well as having aesthetic effects on the shape of the jaw.
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism affects nearly 10% of the population, and is characterised by grinding or clenching of the jaw, most commonly appearing in 25-44 year olds. While there is no single cause of Bruxism, it is suggested that it is more likely to affect those who have high stress and anxiety levels and/or partake in psychoactive substances like caffeine, alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or certain medications. As well as causing damage to teeth, it can lead to a wide jaw as the masseter becomes hypertrophic and, just like any other muscle when worked, gets bigger.
This squared appearance can be a source of discontent for some people as it can become exaggerated, and can create a masculinised face shape in women. Bruxism is separated into two categories; awake bruxism and sleep bruxism, both reacting to certain stimuli that cause the involuntary clenching.
Treating Bruxism with Botox®
When treating Bruxism with Botox®, the aim is to relax the muscle that causes clenching, the masseter. This muscle plays a major part in chewing, and when injected with Botox®, or botulinum toxin type A, is unable to clench as hard, reducing the symptoms of teeth grinding.
This treatment should only ever be done by a trained medical professional, and is solely performed by our injectable practitioners at PHI Clinic.
Botox for the jaw
To find out more about Botox® for the jaw, you can find our jawline slimming page here, call us in the clinic on 0207 034 5999, or log an enquiry through our Book Consultation form and a member of our team will get in touch at your convenience.