Botox treatment for Teeth Grinding and Clenching (Bruxism and TMJ Dysfunction)

Botox treatment for Teeth Grinding and Clenching (Bruxism and TMJ Dysfunction)

Botox treatment can drastically reduce teeth grinding and jaw clenching by relaxing the masseter muscle.

  • Bruxism is commonly associated with teeth grinding and clenching of jaw (day time and Night Time)
  • Botox is a Teeth Grinding Solution (Patients can often be given a night guard which helps to protect teeth but can increase pain and tension)
  • Bruxism leads to an overdeveloped masseter muscle due to increased activity from grinding at night or clenching during the day
  • Masseter Botox can improve Bruxism, Teeth Grinding, Jaw Clenching and cause Masseter Reduction.
  • Botox in TMJ (temporomandibular joint) leads to reduced pain and stiffness around the jaw.
  • 95% Success Rate at Dr Aesthetica

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Botox treatment for Teeth Grinding and Clenching (Bruxism and TMJ Dysfunction)

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a painful condition that affects 18% of the population and is often untreated. Most people probably grind and clench their teeth from time to time and may not need any treatment.

But when teeth grinding and clenching is occurring more frequently, it can damage the teeth and cause unwanted symptoms. People suffering from this condition are often unaware of its existence because the involuntary teeth grinding and clenching usually occurs at night when they are asleep (sleep bruxism) or subconsciously during the day (awake Bruxism)

What causes Bruxism?

Bruxism doesn’t have one definite cause. Most often, the cause of Bruxism from one person to the next differs. For example, Bruxism is often linked to stress, whereby some people will clench their teeth when anxious, angry, or stressed. There has been a steep rise in Bruxism during the Covid 19 Pandemic due to all the additional stress.

Sleep Bruxism is sometimes attributed to sleeping disorders or genetics, which means it may run in the family. Other probable causes of Bruxism include medication side effects, malocclusion, but further research is needed to understand the possible causes of Bruxism better.

Medication associated with Bruxism includes antipsychotics and Selective Serotonin Reuptake inhibitors. A recent study shows it most commonly associated with Fluoxetine, Venlafaxine and Sertraline. It typically starts around 3-4 weeks after medication.

Bruxism Teeth Grinding Jaw Clenching TMJ Dysfunction

Want to know if you have Bruxism? Take Our Quiz.

We have developed an interactive quiz that can help determine whether or not you are affected by this condition. Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding or jaw clenching, can have various underlying causes and may lead to dental problems and discomfort. Take our simple quiz and gain insights into whether bruxism could be a potential concern for you.
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Bruxism and Jaw Clenching Botox Frequently Asked Questions

Does Botox help with Clenching?

Yes, Botox is effective for relaxing your jaw muscles to prevent jaw clenching . If you suffer chronic headaches or migraines due to jaw clenching, Botox injections can often dramatically reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches.

How does Botox treatment for clenching and grinding work?

Injecting small doses of Botox (botulinum toxin) directly into the masseter muscle (the jaw), weakens the muscle enough to stop habitual grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw.  It brings relief to the TMJ and significantly relaxes the muscle and reduces the wear and tear on the teeth due to bruxism (the action of clenching or grinding).

How long does Botox for teeth grinding last?

At Dr Aesthetica, each patient has a 4 week follow up where additional botox is added. We find that our patients typically find the treatment last around 5 months. We advise between 4- 6 months depending on individual symptoms.

Does Botox really work for TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Pain?

Yes, Botox has proven to be one of the most effective treatment options for TMJ disorder. If you’ve suffered with chronic TMJ pain for months or even years, Botox is a great option for you!

Are there any side effects of Teeth Grinding Botox?

Every patient has individual concerns and there are risks with this treatment as there is with any injectable treatment. With any needle, there is a risk of redness, swelling, bruising and pain. Less common side effects include sagging of the skin (more present around Jowls) and possible smile change.

Is Botox Teeth Grinding offered by the NHS?

Short Answer YES. In reality, often a very long time scale. We have been seen more patients who are awaiting assessment and treatment from NHS services. There is a significant backlog and the NHS service has been unable to cope with demand. Patients are often told 1-2 years before assessment. There are numerous patients who have treatment previously and are now unable to continue due to lack of appointments.

Who Should consider Botox for Bruxism Treatment?

This treatment is suitable to those who have had little benefit from a mouth guard (Michigan splint or occlusal splint). It can be beneficial for those with persistent bruxism problems. Take our Quiz here to find out if you have Bruxism

What is the best treatment for clenching and grinding?

We often get asked what the best treatment from bruxism is. There is no proven treatment for bruxism though some advise home remedies for Bruxism. We often advise a variety of different combinations of treatments such as Botox in the jaw muscles (masseter muscle near TMJ) and appliances such as a Tanner mouthguard or a Michigan mouthguard to protect the teeth. We may also recommend medication in some cases.

How much does Botox for Jaw clenching and Teeth Grinding cost?

Botox for jaw clenching and grinding teeth at Dr Aesthetica Birmingham has a fixed cost of £375. This includes a 4 week review where additional botox may be needed to get the required results. We have a 95% success rate for teeth grinding and Jaw clenching Botox. Take your first step to a better quality of life by booking your consultation here

Botox being injected into the masseter muscle with a small needle
Treatment Price
Stay upright for the first 3 hours, no gym and no makeup for the first 24 hours
Onset Of Results
Takes 4 weeks to work
Duration Of Results
6 months
Not required
Pain Rating
Pain Rating Chart Mild

Treating Bruxism, TMJ and Teeth Clenching with Botox

Here at Dr. Aesthetica, we suggest using Botox to treat Bruxism. Multiple studies have shown that botulinum toxin (Botox) injections can reduce the pain and frequency of teeth grinding and teeth clenching while also relieving the stress in the surrounding masseter muscle. Botox works by relaxing the jaw muscles, which in turn results in less clenching or grinding of teeth and significantly less pain. Patients often report a significant improvement of symptoms within a week and report having the “best sleep in ages.”
Botulinum toxin is a safe and effective treatment for patients who grind or clench their teeth, develop temporal-mandibular joint (TMJ) pain, or have masseter hypertrophy (wide and square-shaped jawline).
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