I heard that Botox is effective in improving teeth grinding and clenching.
Can a dentist do Botox?
Yes, I have had Botox done by my dentist! Depending on the purpose, Botox can be done by a dentist.
This time,I will discuss Botox performed by dentists to improve teeth grinding and clenching!
- What is Botox for clenching and grinding teeth?
- Is Botox for clenching and grinding covered by insurance? ｜Cost of Botox
- Botox for clenching and grinding teeth｜Cosmetic Surgery vs.
- Benefits of Botox to improve teeth grinding and clenching
- Disadvantages of Botox to improve teeth grinding and clenching
- If you have severe teeth grinding or clenching, consider Botox!
What is Botox for clenching and grinding teeth?
Botox is well known for its use in cosmetic surgery to remove wrinkles caused by overdeveloped or strained muscles and to improve the appearance of gills in the jaw.
Also in dentistry,It may be used to treat teeth grinding and clenching.
Botox is a type of protein that slows muscle movement
Botox is a protein that reduces the secretion of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter transmitted by the brain when moving muscles.
By slowing down the movement of the muscles in the injected area,It acts to reduce excessive tension and development and to reduce muscle size.
Used in dentistry as well as cosmetic surgery
Botox is also used in dentistry to treat teeth grinding and clenching.
By injecting Botox into the muscles that move when clenching or grinding teeth,It can reduce the force of biting and protect the teeth, muscles around the mouth, and jaw joints by reducing the stress on them.
Grinding and clenching are damaging to the teeth, muscles around the mouth, and jaw joints, and should be eliminated.
However, no reliable treatment has been established to eliminate teeth grinding or clenching, which is a type of habit.
Therefore, when there is clenching or grinding of the teeth, symptomatic treatment is used to minimize damage to the teeth, muscles around the mouth, and jaw joints.
One of them is Botox.Other methods include using a mouthpiece at bedtime to protect teeth from grinding and clenching.
Muscles to be Botoxed in the treatment of teeth grinding and clenching.
The three muscles used during teeth grinding or clenching are
- masseter muscle
- alary pterygoid muscle
- temporalis muscle
These three are muscles on the sides of the face.
If the muscles are developed and enlarged by clenching and grinding, Botox will thin the muscles,It also has the pleasant effect of refreshing the facial lines.
Duration of Botox Effects
The effects of Botox are not permanent and should be done periodically.
Duration of effect,Up to about 4-6 monthsIt is.
The effect begins to appear 2-3 days after injection, peaks at 7-14 days, and then gradually fades over 4-6 months.
Botox tends to have a longer duration of effect with repeated use, and the effects become more clearly visible.
There are individual differences in the number of times required for the effects to appear and for the improvement of teeth grinding and clenching.
The number of Botox applications should be determined in consultation with your dentist, depending on your teeth grinding or clenching.
Is Botox for clenching and grinding covered by insurance? ｜Cost of Botox
Treatment of teeth grinding and clenching using Botox is not covered by insurance.
The cost ranges from 14,000 to 60,000 yenand the cost will vary depending on the strength of the clenching or grinding of the teeth and the condition of the muscles.
Botox can be covered by insurance if the muscles around the mouth are overactive and abnormally developed due to a disease called "stomatognathic dystonia," but this is very rare.
In addition, it will be difficult to get insurance coverage for Botox because few dentists offer Botox treatment for stomatognathic dystonia.
Botox for clenching and grinding teeth｜Cosmetic Surgery vs.
What is the difference between cosmetic surgery and Botox performed by a dentist,Purpose of treatment and whether Botox is a deductible medical expenseIt is.
Different treatment objectives
The muscles injected with Botox to treat teeth grinding and clenching are the same as those injected with Botox for a smaller face in cosmetic surgery, and the procedure for both is the same.
However, the purpose of the treatment is different.
- Dentist -> clenching and grinding of teethTreatment is the goal
- Cosmetic surgery → small face, wrinkle removal, etc.Beauty is the goal
Botox injections at the dentist areA side effect of improving teeth grinding and clenching is the potential for a smaller face."In contrast, Botox injections in cosmetic surgeryIt can create an ideal facial line."There is a difference between the two.
Deductible medical expenses when performed by a dentist.
Botox performed by a dentist is not covered by insurance,You can apply for a deduction for medical expenses.(*)
This is because it is meant to be a health maintenance treatment, as it is performed to improve and prevent symptoms such as tooth biting, occlusal trauma, and TMJ disorder caused by clenching and grinding of teeth.
Botox in cosmetic surgery, on the other hand, is entirely for aesthetic purposes,Medical expense deductions cannot be applied for.
*Dentists also perform Botox to remove gills and wrinkles around the mouth, which is not deductible as a medical expense.
Benefits of Botox to improve teeth grinding and clenching
Botox to improve teeth grinding and clenching can have the following positive effects
- Improvement of teeth grinding and clenching
- Prevention and improvement of TMJ disorder
- Prevention and improvement of bruxism caused by teeth grinding and clenching
- Prevention and improvement of periodontal disease aggravated by teeth grinding and clenching
- Prevention of tooth wear and fracture
- Improvement of gills (small face effect)
- Improvement of wrinkles at the tip of the chin
- Gummy smile improvement
- Improvement of headaches and stiff shoulders caused by clenching and grinding of teeth, etc.
Disadvantages of Botox to improve teeth grinding and clenching
There are five main disadvantages of Botox for improving teeth grinding and clenching.
- Effects are not permanent.
- Effectiveness is likely to vary depending on the skill of the dentist.
- Limitations on fertility
- Cannot be performed during pregnancy or lactation.
- Temporary side effects.
Effects are not permanent.
The maximum effect of Botox is 4-6 months.
When the effect wears off, as it is not permanent,Botox must be injected again if necessary.
Effectiveness is likely to vary depending on the skill of the dentist.
Fine tuning of the correct amount of Botox and injection site to improve teeth grinding and clenching is done by the dentist's experience and feel.
Therefore,Depending on the skill of the dentist, the effect may not be as effective.
Limitations on fertility
If Botox is performed,There is a principle of contraception for two months for women and three months for men after surgery.
This is because the risk of miscarriage or deformed babies due to the effects of Botox has not been 100% ruled out.
If you are pregnant, inform your dentist and discuss timing with him or her.
Cannot be performed during pregnancy or lactation.
During pregnancy and lactation as well as during pregnancy,The procedure cannot be performed because the safety of the fetus has not been 100% confirmed.
Temporary side effects.
Botox has no downtime, though,For about a week after surgery, there may be swelling at the injection site, internal bleeding and pain, and heaviness and lethargy in the muscles and jaw.
In addition, the chewing muscles become weaker, making it difficult to chew hard foods, etc,Eating may be uncomfortable.
Over time, as the Botox effect wears off, it will naturally improve, but it may be bothersome to some people.
If you have severe teeth grinding or clenching, consider Botox!
Botox, which has an image of being used in cosmetic surgery, is also sometimes used by dentists to improve teeth grinding and clenching.
Those who grind or clench their teeth, jaw joints, and muscles around the mouth are adversely affected by teeth grinding or clenching should also consider Botox.
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After completing clinical training, worked in cosmetic dentistry in Tokyo. Currently a dentist and dental writer.