Botox for Bruxism in Toronto ON
At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we pride ourselves on offering exceptional patient care and treatment that you may not find at other practices. For this reason, Dr. Moore is a certified Botox provider. We’ve found that patients who clench and grind their teeth at night while sleeping can benefit greatly from the effects of Botox.
What Is Botox?
Botox is the shorter name for Botulinum toxin type A, which is a purified form of Clostridium botulinum. When it’s strategically injected, Botox inhibits the release of certain chemicals between a nerve and a muscle. Botox blocks the message for the muscle to work, and the muscle relaxes. This works well for muscles that may be working overtime at night causing headaches, clenching, grinding, and wear to your teeth. The effects of Botox typically last around 4 to 6 months, at which time you’ll need to update your treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Botox?
Frequent headaches, migraines, and wear or damage to your teeth are all results of bruxism, or clenching and grinding, that patients may experience. Some patients wear night guards that help to protect their teeth at night; however, for some patients, this simply is not enough. The human jaw is very powerful and can deliver much force during unconscious clenching and grinding. This, in turn, causes a lot of damage to your teeth and pain to your jaw joint and muscles.
Dr. Moore injects Botox into certain muscle groups, which helps them to relax and typically relieves bruxism. Botox also relieves painful headaches or migraines that are often caused by bruxism, and it can also protect your teeth from fractures, wear, and other damage caused by frequent clenching and grinding.
Botox and TMJ
Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, is responsible for connecting your jawbone to your skull. TMJ disorders cause pain in the muscles that control jaw movement. For many people, bruxism contributes to TMJ disorder, which can cause headaches, pain in your neck and shoulders, facial pain, and aching pain around the ears. Botox has relieved symptoms of TMJ for some patients by relaxing the jaw muscles.
Our goal is to meet all of our patients' needs here at Toronto Lakeshore Dental so they don’t have to go anywhere else for care or treatment, and Botox is another advanced service that we offer for this reason. Both doctors have invested many hours in advanced training, which allows us to offer this exceptional level of care. We know you’ll appreciate the service you receive and the differences you find at our practice.
If you’ve struggled with headaches, jaw or face pain, or the effects of clenching or grinding, there is hope and you don’t have to suffer any longer! Contact us today to learn if Botox might be a solution for you.