No more grinding
Treatment with injections into the jaw muscles can reduce the symptoms of teeth grinding and give your jaw a smaller appearance.
Bruxism is the habit of excessively grinding your teeth and clenching your jaw that can lead to tooth damage, headaches, jaw pain and the overgrowth of your jaw muscles. Botox® is an effective treatment of this condition and works by relaxing the muscles that are involved with it.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Botox®?
Botox® is the brand name of a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium Botulinum. In small, diluted amounts it can be injected into the muscles of your jaw, causing them to slightly weaken.
How does Botox® work?
Botox® works by temporarily relaxing facial muscles. It does this by blocking the signal from the nerves to the muscles. The injected muscles can no longer contract as forcefully. This lessens your ability to clench your jaw, whilst maintaining all your regular functions such as speaking and chewing. The overgrowth of your jaw muscles will slowly resolve.
How is the Botox® injection performed?
Botox® is injected with a fine needle into a specific muscle of your jaw. The procedure takes a few minutes and causes only minor discomfort. No anaesthesia is required.
How long does Botox® last?
The full effect of these injections will only be noticed after around 4 weeks, and can last for up to 4-6 months. At this point, the treatment can be repeated to maintain its effects.
What are the side effects of Botox®?
Redness and swelling are expected. Bruising may also occur and should fade within 5-14 days. Applying an ice pack or cold gel pack to the treated areas helps reduce redness, swelling and bruising. There may be tenderness at the sites of treatment which may last for up to a few days. Paracetamol can be used to help relieve any pain or discomfort post-treatment. All the side effects and potential complications will be discussed during your consultation, prior to any treatment. You will also receive an aftercare leaflet.
Who should NOT receive Botox®?
Patients should not use Botox® if they are pregnant, breastfeeding, suffer from a neurological disorder or are allergic to any of its components. You should avoid Botox® if you have an infection at the planned site of the injection. You will receive a detailed medical consultation with one of our highly qualified doctors to ensure that there are no contraindications to Botox®.