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Treating Bruxism With Botox

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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