Botox For Bruxism In Fort Lauderdale
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is also knows as TMJ or teeth grinding are medical terms to describe a condition and habit for which an individual clench and grind their teeth, resulting in mild to severe facial pain, tooth enamel decay, and migraine headaches. About 16% of the population currently suffers from bruxism, though many suffer from facial swelling and pain from excessive clenching.
What Are Some Common Symptoms of Bruxism?
A few key symptoms of someone suffering from bruxism will be displayed in contrast to someone with a jaw-clenching habit. A few of these symptoms may include:
- Jaw and surrounding muscular pain
- Neck pain
- Mild headaches to severe migraines
- Broken or worn teeth
- Trouble sleeping
- Enlarged masseter (jaw) muscles
- Earlier visible signs of facial aging from increased bone loss of the jaw
What To Expect With Botox For Bruxism Treatment
Botox, as an off-label use, is injected into the jaw's overactive musculature, which relaxes the muscle to alleviate pain and facial swelling. The amount of Botox needed to treat your bruxism will depend on your condition's severity and recommendations from our physicians. You will receive an ice pack to help with any swelling and discomfort and you can go about your daily normally after the treatment but refrain from any strenuous activity for 24 hours.
It takes approximately 2 weeks for the Botox to reach its maximum effect. Around this time patients begin to feel relaxation in the jaw muscles, relief from jaw pain, less headaches. You face may appear slimmer as the muscles begin to relax.
Galt Dermatology offers Botox injections to address cosmetic concerns with bruxism. It is best to contact us for a consultation with one of our physicians to discuss if Botox is an effective treatment for your bruxism.
Bruxism Treatment Highlights
Bruxism Frequently Asked Questions
Botox is a temporary cosmetic treatment, and results may last for 4 - 6 months before requiring a touch-up. With ongoing treatment, the overactive jaw muscles may decrease in size, providing symptom relief for more extended periods.
Botox injectables are safe to use and treat symptoms of bruxism. Though not currently FDA-approved for bruxism, Botox has been FDA-approved to address various concerns with overactive muscles.
Like any other medical concern and condition, it is best to consult with one of our physicians before scheduling treatments to discuss and risks and potential side effects.
Yes, aside from Botox any other neurotoxin, such as Dysport or Xeomin, can be used for the treatment of bruxism.
While dentists provide custom made mouth guards for this treatment, many patients complain that these are uncomfortable to sleep with. Mouth guards help to protect the teeth but do little to relax the muscles and slim the face.
Yes, as the injected muscles of the face begin to relax they will appear less prominent thus giving a slimmer facial look. With consistent touch ups the effects may last for longer. For the best results, this treatment can be combined with dermal fillers such as Restylane, Juvederm, or Sculptra to create more jaw definition or contour the face.
Schedule A Consultation
Galt Dermatology serves both men and women of all ages in the Fort Lauderdale area. Trust your skin health to our dedicated team and to our board-certified dermatologist, Dr. Villacorta. To schedule your initial consultation, please call our office at 954-463-5406 or schedule your appointment online.