How Botox Can Help with Bruxism

Serving Denver, Broomfield, Westminster, Boulder, Arvada, and surrounding areas

improved face shape w botox for the jawThere are many reasons why people find themselves grinding their teeth, a habit also known as bruxism. It may be due to stress or a nervous habit. It may be something you find yourself doing unconsciously. It may be something you do during sleep. It may be something that happens because your jaw is out of alignment. But no matter why you’re grinding your teeth, there is always one thing in common: your jaw muscles are working hard to cause the grinding. BOTOX ® injections can relax your jaw muscles to reduce teeth grinding -and over time can slim your face as you reduce the prominence of your jaw muscles.

If you are tired of grinding your teeth and want an effective bruxism treatment in the Denver, Broomfield, and Westminster area, please call 303.653.9584 or email Sonata Aesthetics & Weight Loss today for an appointment.

Consequences of Teeth Grinding

You might not be aware of how damaging bruxism can be for you, but teeth grinding is a very destructive habit with many negative consequences, including:

  • Excessively worn teeth
  • Chipped, cracked, or broken teeth
  • Drifting or crooked teeth
  • Toothaches not related to decay
  • Jaw pain
  • Jaw joint damage
  • Neck pain
  • Headaches
  • Tinnitus (ringing in the ears)
  • Overdeveloped jaw muscles

Many people first begin to realize the significance of teeth grinding when they start to notice damage to their teeth. You might notice your teeth getting smaller. Or you might notice your teeth hurt or are sensitive to heat or cold because they’ve been worn down and are less protected. Or you might not notice the damage until a tooth cracks open.

Tooth damage is a relatively visible symptom of teeth grinding. What’s harder to notice is damage to your jaw joint. You might be feeling jaw pain in the muscles, which can get tired from the effort of grinding, but you might also feel pain in the joint itself, where the cushioning disc might be displaced, leading to grinding bones.

You also might not realize that headaches, neck pain, and ringing in your ears are all tied to your teeth grinding habits. And that your overly broad jaw is due to overdeveloped jaw muscles.

How BOTOX ® Works for Teeth Grinding

BOTOX ® injections relax the muscles where they’re injected. By injecting BOTOX ® into the muscles responsible for your teeth grinding, we can reduce the force of your bruxism. This is important because when you’re grinding your teeth, you may be using much more force than you do when you’re consciously biting or chewing.

Reducing the force of bruxism can reduce the incidence of symptoms, especially headaches and neck pain. Over time, the muscles that have developed because of bruxism will shrink down to their original size. We never inject all your chewing muscles, so you’ll still be able to eat and talk without difficulty.

To learn more about teeth grinding treatment with BOTOX ® in Broomfield, Denver, and Westminster, please contact Sonata Aesthetics & Weight Loss today.

*Results may vary from patient to patient