Botox and jaw pain ( revisited)
Botox is a new treatment option for bruxism, a condition characterized by teeth grinding and clenching. Bruxism can lead to various issues like jaw pain, headaches, shoulder aches, neckaches and worn-down teeth. Botox, is injected into the muscles responsible for clenching to help alleviate the symptoms of bruxism.
When Botox is used in bruxism, it temporarily weakens the muscles involved in teeth clenching. This relaxation effect can help reduce the intensity and frequency of clenching, alleviating the associated symptoms.
The procedure for using Botox in bruxism is relatively simple. Dr. Khoshand injects the diluted Botox into specific points in the jaw muscles and temporalis muscles. The number of injections and dosage can vary depending on the individual's needs and severity of bruxism. The effects of Botox typically start to become noticeable within a few days to a week after the treatment.
Botox treatment for bruxism is considered safe and generally well-tolerated.
The injection has to be repeated every 4 months for a while and the good news is that the effect of Botox is cumulative.
Overall, Botox can be an effective option for managing bruxism by reducing muscle activity and alleviating the associated symptoms. If you are considering Botox for bruxism, do contact us for consultation.