Antalya Masseter Botox
If you tend to grind your teeth, you have a condition people in the dental profession call bruxism. This involuntary behaviour can be quite an annoyance for you, and it may even be causing jaw pain, headaches, the wearing away of tooth enamel, gum sensitivity, or chipped teeth.
If you've already tried conventional approaches to changing this behaviour and have been disappointed in the results, you may be surprised to learn that Botox (short-hand for botulinum toxin) has proven effective as a treatment for grinding teeth.
Botox for Jaw Clenching?
Most people are familiar with botulinum toxin to get rid of wrinkles or plump up lips. But recent studies published in Neurology and Pain Research and Management have shown that botulinum toxin's muscle-relaxing properties show promise in stopping jaw clenching and teeth grinding. At least for some time.
According to a study published in the Saudi Pharmaceutical Journal, evidence has shown that botulinum toxin could help treat various non-cosmetic conditions in addition to bruxism, too.
Botulinum toxin paralyzes muscles temporarily, making it equally useful in treating other conditions in the head and face (like facial dystonia) in which certain muscles need to be relaxed.
How Does Botulinum Toxin for Bruxism Work?
If you're treated with botulinum toxin for bruxism, a small amount will be injected into the muscles responsible for moving your jaw – most likely the masseter muscle, which is responsible for chewing.
It may also be injected into the frontalis and temporalis muscles according to your specific needs.
The botulinum toxin will reduce clenching, and it will also help with any accompanying tension and aches in your head that you may be experiencing.
Botulinum toxin usually kicks in about 1 to 3 days after injection (but can take up to two weeks), and the effects could last 3 to 6 months.
Are There Any Side Effects of Using Botulinum Toxin for Bruxism?
Botulinum toxin is relatively safe when injected by an experienced surgeon. At our Clinic, our specialist surgeon Dr Betul has been doing the Masseter Botox successfully for the years.