You may be surprised to learn that Botox can be used to help treat bruxism! Bruxism is the clenching and cary teeth grinding of the teeth during either waking or sleeping hours. It can lead to severe jaw pain and headaches and cause tooth sensitivity as well as chips and fractures. While a dental guard can help alleviate the effects of bruxism on your teeth, it will not stop you from unconsciously clenching and grinding your teeth. The use of Botox has proven useful to actually halt bruxism in the short term.
Botox For Teeth Grinding
Side Effects Of Botox
Botox wears off on its own over time and should not be used as a long term solution as overuse can lead to a loss in bone density. One immediate side effect is the possibility of an uneven smile but this should last just a few weeks.
Speak with your doctor if you are considering Botox for short term bruxism relief. They will be able to provide specific side effect information that could affect you individually.
Other Treatment Options
As with any treatment, it is important that you speak with your dentist about your symptoms so they can give you a full and thorough evaluation and to your doctor to determine if you are a candidate for Botox injections. Your dentist may refer you to an oral surgeon who specializes in the jaw, head and neck as well as teeth.
Before trying anything else, your dentist may suggest you try a night guard or a day guard. This is an Oral appliance that is worn on the upper teeth to protect both the upper and lower teeth from the damages of bruxism.
If you suffer from sleep bruxism, you may benefit greatly by simply changing your sleep habits. Abstaining from alcohol and caffeine before bedtime can help. You could also take a walk or do some other form of exercise and take a warm bath before bed. These steps will help relax your body and your jaw muscles along with it!
Those suffering from day grinding or clenching can wear a day guard. It is also beneficial to be aware of yourself and notice when you are clenching or grinding your teeth and make a conscious effort to bring your jaw back to a neutral state where the teeth do not touch when your mouth is closed.
Maintaining Enamel Health
Using Oral health care products that are aimed at strengthening the enamel surface of your teeth is very important for individuals suffering from bruxism. Your dentist can recommend the best products for you. And of course, taking the time to visit your dentist regularly is vital to keeping your teeth and jaw healthy.
Dealing with the effects of bruxism can be painful and stressful. Speak with your dental and medical professionals to see what treatment options are available to you. Keeping to a healthy lifestyle and proper sleep habits supports your oral health. If you find that you need further treatment, ask if Botox may be a good option for you.