Tuesday, October 31, 2023

Botox for Treatment of Bruxism

Botox is most commonly known for getting the crows feet and wrinkles out of your face. At least that's how it's promoted. However, in reality, Botox is used for a number of medical conditions. If you have chronic migraines, Botox can help. Stiff muscles, a Botox injection can take care of it. It is even recommended for some with an overactive bladder!

What about teeth grinding? Yes!  Apparently it can benefit that, too. Teeth grinding (medically known as bruxism), is a serious issue that can greatly damage your teeth, cause TMJ and end up being very costly to treat. Most of the time it is treated with a mouth guard that is designed to reduce the risk to your teeth. However, even with the mouth guard you are still grinding in your sleep. Instead of grinding tooth to tooth, you are grinding on the mouth guard itself, which, in essence, still causes jaw pain and can lead to TMJ. It protects your teeth really well, but has a limited effect on protecting your jaw.

Botox, on the other hand, has been proven to greatly reduce the grinding all together. 

So, if you are a chronic teeth grinder, maybe Botox is something to consider.  Ask your dentist, and as always, keep smiling!

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