Masseter Botox: Does It Work for Bruxism?

Have you ever heard of getting masseter Botox for TMJD and wondering if it works? We explain the real details in this honest guide.

8% of the population suffers from bruxism, and almost a third of parents report hearing their child grind their teeth in their sleep.

A common problem, bruxism refers to the grinding of teeth, or clenching of teeth, either while awake or asleep. This can result in severe facial and jaw pain, migraines, headaches, cheek damage and damage to the teeth themselves. It can also result in temporomandibular joint dysfunction, or TMJD, meaning the jaw joint has ceased to function properly due to the damage caused.

If you or a loved one suffers from bruxism, you might have considered masseter Botox. In this blog post, we’ll discuss what it does and whether or not it’s helpful. Read on for more information.

What is Bruxism and What Causes It?

As we stated previously, bruxism refers to grinding or clenching of the teeth. This can occur during the day, but most often occurs at night.

There is no one cause of bruxism, and individuals can experience it at any age. But, it is most commonly related to stress and anxiety. When a person is facing stress-inducing situations, this can result in their grinding their teeth during the night or day. More often than not, people do not realize they’re doing it, and will only know their grind their teeth from reporting experiencing the symptoms.

What is Masseter Botox?

You’ve probably heard of Botox as a common anti-wrinkle treatment. It is injected into the muscles to paralyze them, thus reducing lines and wrinkles around the face. But, it has many medical uses as well, including treating bruxism.

The Botox wears off over time and needs to be injected again in order to have the same effect.

Masseter Botox specifically refers to Botox injected into the Masseter muscles of the jaw. When getting Botox for bruxism, your doctor may also inject the temporalis muscles (in your temple) and/or your frontalis muscles in your forehead. You can discuss your symptoms and how bruxism affects your daily life before your treatment.

How Is It Administered?

When you have a Botox injection in any part of your body, it is injected directly into the muscle to paralyze it. This is how it works when treating bruxism, or the associated temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJD).

For most people, the injection has positive effects and has greatly reduced their bruxism. This is because the masseter muscles have relaxed, and the urge to grind or clench the teeth is significantly reduced.

Is Botox Right for Me?

If you have trouble with bruxism, consult your dentist or oral surgeon. Together, you can decide if masseter Botox is the answer for you. You may decide to go forward with it or use it in conjunction with a retainer that can help keep the teeth apart to prevent damage to the teeth.

Do you suffer from bruxism and are looking for solutions in the Phoenix area? If so, contact us for an appointment.

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