Bruxism is the medical term for unconscious teeth clenching and grinding, either while awake or asleep. Chronic teeth grinding can cause headaches and dental problems.
Hypertrophy of the masseter muscle, which may lead to the appearance of a square, masculine jaw, is another side effect of bruxism.
Treatments with Botulinum Toxin injections can provide tremendous relief from jaw soreness, headaches, and other unpleasant problems associated with Bruxism.
By injecting small doses of Botulinum Toxin directly into the masseter muscle (the large muscle that moves the jaw), the muscle is weakened enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding.
Voluntary movements are not affected. Although botulinum toxin type A injections are not a cure for bruxism, they can effectively control the uncomfortable symptoms better than a dental plate for some patients and typically lasts for 3 – 4 months.