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Botox Injectable for teeth grinders: does it really work?

February 15, 2019

If you grind and clench your teeth while you sleep, you suffer from a common condition known as sleep bruxism. And there are also those who cope with bruxism while awake. Although teeth grinding can be caused by stress and anxiety, it is just as likely caused by an abnormal bite or missing or crooked teeth, or by a sleep disorder such as sleep apnea. Many who deal with the nighttime variety must wear a mouthguard while they sleep in an attempt to reduce the damage to their teeth and jaw and avoid the commonly associated pain and headaches, but this measure has its limits and does not stop the problem at its source. TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) dysfunction refers to pain and dysfunction of the muscles that move the jaw, and bruxism is a common culprit.


Botox Injectables : the unlikely cure for bruxism?


New research recently published in the journal Neurology suggests that Botox injectables, AKA Botulinum Toxin Type A, could be a possible candidate for treating teeth grinding. Botox Injectable, which works by preventing muscles from contracting, is famously favoured by celebrities for temporarily banishing a wide range of facial aging symptoms, such as wrinkles, droopy jowls, deflated cheeks, lower eyelid wrinkles, and can even sculpt your calves. Of the study participants, all of whom suffered from sleep bruxism, those who had Botox Injectables administered to the temporal and masseter muscles reported markedly improved symptoms and a reduction in pain.


If you think about it, it makes sense that a protein that works to stop muscle contraction might prevent teeth grinding and clenching when injected into the chewing muscles. So, although it’s still early days, Botox Injectable is becoming more and more popular as an alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and the jaw tension and pain that go with them. Many patients have found relief from the soreness, headaches, or even lock jaw, in severe cases, by undergoing Botox Injectables. In addition to these functional improvements, many also have also extolled the cosmetic benefits of Botox Injectables into the masseters, or chewing muscles. After years of nighttime grinding, the masseters often become very enlarged, giving the appearance of a strong, square jaw, which women in particular tend to dislike as it can detract from a more classically feminine look. Botox Injectables work to counteract masseteric hypertrophy by actually shrinking the muscle, thus softening the jawline. Men, however, do retain their larger jawbones, and are spared any feminizing effects.


What to expect when you visit SpaMedica in Toronto


A Botox injectable typically takes 15-20 minutes, and a topical anaesthetic cream makes the procedure quite comfortable. During your consultation, Dr. Mulholland will determine how many units of Botox Injectable you need. The injection may take a week or so to start relieving the pain and clenching, and a couple more weeks to take full effect. There is very little discomfort post treatment, and in most circumstances, minimal or no bruising. You can apply makeup immediately afterwards and return to regular activities after about three hours. Typically the benefits begin to wear off by the 4th or 5th month, and patients often return to SpaMedica in Toronto for a repeat treatment 2-3 times a year. Botox Injectables generally start from $8.99 to $12 per unit, depending on the number of units injected and if there are any specials, deals or promotions on offer at our clinic.


Book a consultation at SpaMedica in Toronto today to discuss your bruxism symptoms and find out if you’re a candidate for Botox Injectables!




Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
Posted by Dr. Stephen Mulholland, MD
has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is one of Canada’s most renowned and best plastic surgeons in Toronto with his wealth of experience, artistry, and humbleness towards his patients.

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