Treatment of grinding teeth with botulinum toxin

Botulinum toxin, or ’Botox’, is used in aesthetic medicine to relax facial wrinkles. In non-aesthetic medicine, botulinum toxin is used for treating migraine, dental grinding, gum smile and many other conditions.

Bruxism, or tooth grinding, is a condition in which a person subconsciously performs excessive or over-intense movements with the lower jaw. This can lead to chewing muscle aches, headaches, migraines, toothache, joint problems and facial changes. Treating bruxism with injections of botulinum toxin can achieve partial relaxation of the muscles, which eliminates the aforementioned symptoms.

’Gum smile’ is a condition whereby a person shows more gums when smiling than is needed for a harmonious smile. This may result in a reluctance to smile or a desire to smile unnaturally. Treating  gum smile  with botulinum toxin results in corrected muscle strength balance. The smile becomes more attractive and harmonious.

It is recommended that you do not lie down, or work while bending down for the first few hours after the procedure. You should also refrain from going to the sauna, doing sports or having a facial massage for two days.


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