Teeth grinding, also called Bruxism, is unconscious clenching of the teeth.
Teeth grinding, also called Bruxism, is unconscious clenching of the teeth, which can lead to physical pain and dental problems. Chronic teeth grinding can also cause headaches, earaches, and facial pain, as well as chipping of the teeth and increased tooth sensitivity.
At Celeste Medical, we use Botulinum Toxin Type A to address this condition. When injected into specific muscles, it relaxes them to ensure relief from chronic clenching or grinding, also having the effect of softening the contours of the face when the jaw has become widened. This treatment takes 20 minutes with little to no down time and results are noticeable about 2 to 5 days after treatment.
There are very little side effects or complications associated with botox for grinding. Redness is a common injection-related effect after treatment but is short lasting. Massaging or rubbing the areas treated is not recommended afterwards. Bruising can occur, but this is mild and again is short-term. To prevent bruising, we recommend you take Arnica tablets for one week leading up to your appointment. If a bruise does occur, we recommend applying topical Arnica cream to the affected area and to ice the treated area. It is wise to avoid strenuous exercise for up to 24 hours post- treatment.
How long will it last?
It lasts approximately 4 months.