Botox Treatments for Dentistry
How is Botox or Xeomin Treatment Helpful for Teeth Grinding or Clenching?
What is Teeth Grinding?
Teeth grinding (bruxism) is an abnormal activity that can occur during sleep or when awake. It is characterized by rubbing and clenching of the teeth.
Why is Teeth Grinding Bad?
Grinding your teeth will ultimately lead to wear of your teeth, loss of tooth enamel, tooth sensitivity to cold, headaches, gum disease, or pain in the teeth, jaws, neck, or joints (TMJ). Esthetically, grinding your teeth will create a square face with larger than normal cheek muscles. Teeth grinding may be a sign you have Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA). OSA is associated with health issues, such as: type 2 diabetes, strokes, heart attacks, and even a shortened lifespan.
Treatment for Teeth Grinding, Pain, and Headaches
An analysis of your teeth, performed by Dr. Thanik, may indicate the need to adjust the way your teeth come together, or even seeing your general dentist to rebuild your bite. However, alternative and less invasive treatments may be applicable to you. There are various treatment techniques for the management of teeth grinding such as a mouthguard (oral splint), behavioral approaches, and medications. Medications can be muscle relaxants, anti-inflammatories, or a simple injection of Botox or Xeomin to help relieve muscle pain and discomfort.
How Botox/Xeomin medications work?
Botox or Xeomin temporarily and partially blocks nerves that move muscles. The result is the relaxation of the muscles that cause jaw tension providing much needed pain relief.
How Long Does It Take for Botox or Xeomin to Work? How Long Does It Last?
The clinical effects are typically seen on the first to third days after the injection, and the maximum benefit will likely take effect one to two weeks following your treatment with Dr. Thanik. You will find that the pain relief provided with Botox or Xeomin treatment lasts for three to four months. Dr. Thanik can easily re-administer Botox or Xeomin when the effect wears off.
What is the result of treatment?
Overtime, and with repeated treatment, you can expect a resolution in grinding as your muscles exert less power. This in turn may result in a dramatic reduction in pain. If you are experiencing sleep apnea, a relaxed jaw may move to a more favorable position when you are sleeping, thus allowing better breathing.
Can Botox or Xeomin thin my face?
Yes! This treatment will partially relax your cheek muscles. By reducing these muscles, Botox or Xeomin slims the jawline. Esthetically, patients may notice a thinning of the face with more pronounced cheekbones as the cheeks become thinner, as the face takes on a more youthful and slender V-shape appearance. This will continue with repeated treatments.
Who is best to see for this treatment?
Experience counts! As with any medical treatment, you need to see someone who you can trust, and someone who does this work often. Dental specialists like Dr. Thanik, have specific training and knowledge of facial anatomy and musculature. Dr. Thanik has long been an active member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
Does it hurt to have this treatment?
Dr. Thanik is an experienced injector and takes care to use the best syringes on the market allowing treatment to be done with the utmost care. Most of our patients are shocked at how easy and simple the whole experience is. Treatment only takes a few minutes, and can usually be accomplished in a single visit with Dr. Thanik. Give us a call for your consultation or with any additional questions you may have.
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