Teeth grinding or bruxism can cause jaw pain and chronic headaches. Bruxism can also wear-out tooth enamel and cause chipped teeth and sensitivity. The main focus of teeth grinding treatment is to prevent dental damage, but using Botox for bruxism can effectively help to stop grinding in the first place.
Botox temporarily paralyzes the muscles, making it useful in treating conditions marked by muscle spasms. When used wisely, Botox limits a muscle’s full range and wears off over time.
American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE) states small amounts of Botox are injected into the muscles responsible for jaw movement, reducing clenching and tension and aches. Botox for teeth grinding is injected into the masseter muscle just below your cheekbone and the frontalis and temporalis muscles in your forehead and temples.
Other Treatment Options
Before going for the Botox injections, a careful evaluation by your dentist and an oral maxillofacial specialist is essential. Only after this consultation, you can have a clear idea about diagnosis and the best path of treatment for your particular condition.
Your dentist may recommend exploring other treatment options first. If you have a habit of grinding at night, a night guard can bring you some ease. Night guards are retainer-like plastic pieces that cover the top or bottom set of teeth. They decrease soreness from muscle tension and reduce damage to your teeth.
Maintaining Enamel Health
It is important to follow daily oral care tips such as brushing and flossing to help strengthen enamel if you grind your teeth. Use a soft-bristled brush with proper brushing techniques. Using enamel strengthening toothpaste can also prove to be beneficial for your oral health.
Dealing with constant teeth grinding and headaches can be very difficult and stressful. Whether you go for Botox or other alternatives, make sure to ask for medical help when necessary.
To make an appointment, please call Angleton Family dental at (979) 308-4450