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Botox for Teeth Grinding – How Effective is It?
Have you ever found yourself waking up in the morning, only to discover that your teeth and jaw are in absolute agony, despite there being no obvious causes? If so, then bruxism could be to blame.
It’s so important to look after the teeth, mouth, gums, and to practice good oral hygiene in general, yet for various reasons people are not always able to achieve this.
Bruxism can cause a great deal of pain and discomfort, but the good news is that there are things that dentists and oral hygienists can do to help protect against bruxism and prevent it entirely. One such treatment is with the help of Botox, which is why we’re looking at Botox for teeth grinding in today’s article.
Botox for teeth grinding is proving effective, but exactly how effective is it? Well, that’s what we’re going to find out now.
What is bruxism?
Bruxism is basically a chronic condition whereby those affected constantly clench their jaws and grind their teeth, either subconsciously when awake, or when they’re fast asleep.
Despite the complex-sounding name, bruxism is actually a surprisingly common condition which is estimated to affect as many as 8% of all Australian adults, and 15% of the worldwide population when they sleep.
While bruxism is certainly not considered to be a life-threatening condition, it can cause a wide range of unpleasant side effects, including:
- Sensitive teeth
- Chipped/damaged/broken teeth
- Jaw pain
- Sensitive teeth
- Sensitive jaw
Does Botox help teeth grinding?
As far as bruxism treatment goes, more often than not, treatments are aimed at the symptoms of bruxism, rather than the cause. Dental splints and mouthguards can be used, and they work well, but Botox for teeth grinding is also an option.
Botox injections aren’t just for people who want smooth, youthful, wrinkle-free skin, they’re also for people who suffer from bruxism.
Botox for teeth grinding Australia is a simple yet highly effective treatment for people suffering from bruxism. Botox is injected directly into the masseter muscle, also known as ‘the jaw’. Here, the Botox begins to weaken the muscle, thereby reducing clenching and grinding of the teeth and jaw, until eventually the patient stops doing it completely.
As the Botox works as a muscle relaxant, the severity of the bruxism gradually declines until eventually the condition stops entirely.
How much does Botox for teeth grinding cost?
Of course, prices can vary from clinic to clinic, and city to city, but to give you a rough idea of how much it may cost for you to receive Botox injections for teeth grinding, you can expect to pay between $360 and $700 per treatment, on average, and depending on how many units are used.
Is Botox for teeth grinding covered by insurance?
We know how tough things are economically at the moment, and the last thing any of us want is to have to spend more money than we have to.
If you suffer from bruxism and are considering Botox injections, you may be wondering if Botox for teeth grinding Australia is covered by insurance. Well, sadly, the answer is no.
Medicare does not cover any form of elective or cosmetic treatments and that includes Botox for bruxism.
Can Botox for bruxism change your face?
Another concern that people have when it comes to Botox for teeth grinding, is whether or not the Botox will change their face. After all, the whole idea behind Botox injections was primarily to help people obtain a younger and more youthful complexion.
But can Botox for bruxism alter your face? Well, the answer is yes. Botox injections for bruxism can help to contour and shape your face and jaw, and shape your face. To most people, this will come as welcome news, though just be mindful. The good/bad news is that these changes aren’t permanent.
Can you eat after jaw Botox?
We all need to eat, and after having Botox in your jaw, you can eat as normal. Just be aware, though, that if your meal is tough and/or chewy, you may experience jaw fatigue after your meal, which will gradually wear off as time goes by.
Book an appointment now!
If bruxism is making your life a misery, don’t suffer in silence, pick up the phone now and get in touch with the friendly team at Dental Armour on (08) 9349 3006.
Botox for teeth grinding is a very effective treatment for bruxism and it is one which is simple to perform, and incredibly mild in terms of invasiveness.
So, don’t delay, get in touch today and we’ll have you bruxism free in no time at all.