BOTOX for Bruxism in Etobicoke ON

Are you considering BOTOX in Toronto, ON?woman smiling

At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we pride ourselves on offering exceptional patient care and treatment that you may not find at other dental 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 significantly from the effects of BOTOX in Toronto, ON.

If you have any questions about BOTOX in Toronto, or if you would like to schedule a BOTOX exam in our dental office, get in touch with a member of our team today.

Meanwhile, continue reading to learn more about BOTOX uses and therapies in Toronto, ON. If you have questions of your own, never hesitate to get in touch with us.

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 approach works well for muscles that may be working overtime at night, causing headaches, clenching, grinding (bruxism), and wear to your teeth. The effects of BOTOX typically last around four to six months, at which time you’ll need to update your treatment.

BOTOX has been used safely for decades in the treatment of migraines and as a wrinkle and line reducer on the face and neck. Now, it is used in the treatment of TMJ and bruxism by select dentists who want to help their patients find relief from pain.

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 nightguards that help to protect their teeth at night; however, for some patients, this is not enough. The human jaw is powerful and can deliver much force during unconscious clenching and grinding. This, in turn, causes a lot of damage to your teeth—breakage, cavities, and even tooth loss—and pain to your jaw joint and muscles.

Dr. Moore injects BOTOX into specific 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 protect your teeth from fractures, wear, and other damage caused by frequent clenching and grinding.

At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we use a fine needle, and patients report that this is more like a minor sting than a poke. The injection, according to most, is barely felt.

Woman smilingIs BOTOX right for me?

Dr. Moore will carefully evaluate your health and take a history to determine whether BOTOX in Toronto, ON is the best or right treatment for you. Most patients are good candidates for BOTOX treatments.

If you have bruxism, Dr. Moore may recommend a custom nightguard in conjunction with your BOTOX therapy.

At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we know that each patient is different. Your therapy will be different from your neighbor’s treatment. And we will work hard to find the treatment course that best relieves your symptoms. Our goal is to help each patient feel healthy and free from pain.

What are TMJ and bruxism?

Your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ is a hinge-like joint that joins your jaw to your head. TMJ dysfunction often leads to pain in the face, neck. or jaw.

If you find yourself with a jaw that feels or even sounds a bit off, you might be wondering what causes the painful clicking and popping. Jaw disorders refer to the dysfunction and pain caused in the temporomandibular joints. 

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 in Toronto, ON has relieved symptoms of TMJ for some patients by relaxing the jaw muscles.

TMJ is often associated with bruxism.

Here are some of the most common signs that may mean you need to seek bruxism or TMJ treatment with your Toronto, ON dentist.

  • Jaw pain and sore muscles
  • Swelling in the face, jaw, or neck
  • Clicking, popping, or locking jaw joints
  • Ringing in the ears
  • Short or worn down teeth
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Headaches and migraines
  • Shoulder, neck, or back pain
  • Boxy-looking jaw muscles
  • Fatigue and poor sleep

Typically, when addressed early, most people who grind their teeth or have jaw pain can resolve it without surgery, which is why we recommend that you contact us to arrange an appointment at the first sign of trouble.

Often, a protective nightguard will help the jaw relax and also protect opposing teeth from damaging one another through the force caused by clenching and grinding your teeth.

For bruxism treatments in Toronto, ON, give us a call, and we can help you enjoy pain-free smiles and a good night’s sleep.

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.

Our 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.

Will a nightguard help me?

A nightguard may help with grinding and clenching. In many cases, unfortunately, a nightguard is not enough, and you may still find yourself suffering the effects of teeth grinding—notably face and jaw pain.

Dr. Moore will assess your situation to find the best combination of therapies to alleviate your symptoms and restore your well-being.

A nightguard works by preventing your upper and lower jaw from connecting while you sleep.

Man smiling in gray jacketDo you offer payment plans?

At Toronto Lakeshore Dental, we don’t want the budget to stand in the way of your treatments. For this reason, our dentists accept the Health Smart finance program. This program helps families get the care they need, and the application process is simple. Generally, it takes only minutes following your online application to learn whether you qualify. Health Smart covers the cost of your treatment, and you make monthly payments to Health Smart. A member of our team can help you apply.

We also accept payments via cash and credit cards. Our team is also happy to work with patients by creating treatment plans that consider family budgets.  

How can I get started with BOTOX in Toronto, ON?

The first step is an exam consultation with Dr. Moore. She will assess your situation to see if BOTOX in Toronto, ON will provide the relief you need from bruxism and TMJ pain. She will also ask questions about your symptoms and experiences with jaw, face, or dental pain.

Dr. Moore wants to help you feel better fast, so she will get you started on therapy as soon as possible.

If you’ve struggled with headaches, jaw or face pain, or the effects of clenching and grinding, there is hope. And you don’t have to suffer any longer! 

Contact our dental office today to learn if BOTOX might be a solution for you.