Bruxism, TMJ/TMD and Botox
What is Bruxism?
Bruxism is a parafunctional activity characterized by clenching or grinding of the teeth. It is often brought on by stress and many people deal with it at some point in their lives. Bruxism is best to treat early because prevention can limit or decrease the likelihood of gum recession, headaches, earaches, migraines, facial pain, fractures in teeth, and failing restorations.
What is TMJ vs. TMD?
Located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw which is known as (TMD) or temporomandibular disorder.
What is Botox and how can it help?
Botox is an injection that relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain. The injections are mainly in the temporalis, frontalis and masseter (see picture) additional sites may be injected with Botulinum Toxins for cosmetic purposes. This significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to grinding. Damage to the TMJ and headaches should be reduced or eliminated as well. Botulinum toxin treatments can also soften/slim the appearance of the jaw line, decrease, and prevent wrinkles. Botulinum toxin injections typically lasts for three to four months.