You may have read about Botox in dentistry articles. Botox is used in various ways at dental clinics. It is used to reduce square jaws, fix gummy smile, reduce appearance of wrinkles on the forehead and to reduce bruxism.


Effectiveness of Botox on bruxism

When Botox is injected to muscles, it paralyses those muscles resulting in contraction of them. Injecting Botox may help to reduce bite force, and to make a face look smaller by contracting jaw muscles.

How often should I take Botox injections?

It depends on a patient’s condition. Usually effect of Botox injection appears immediately. Atrophy usually lasts for four to eight weeks. If a patient undergoes another injection after 3 months, then affected muscles are contracted further, and hence, bite force will be further reduced as well if they are applied to jaw muscles.

It is recommended to consider re-injection in six months, if you have already undergone Botox injection twice. In order to maintain the status, more than three (3) injections are recommended.


What are side effects of Botox?

Rarely some patients develop a tolerance to Botox. Sometimes the injected area is swollen if Botox is not spread evenly. Sometimes Botox causes contraction of unwanted muscles, instead of targeted muscles.

Why should I get Botox?

Bruxism may cause cracks on your teeth, result in severe teeth abrasion, need for endodontic treatment or crowns, and in serious cases, teeth extraction. Moreover, bruxism affects longevity of implants. Prolonged bruxism may cause gum diseases and abnormality to jaw muscles and masseter muscle. Therefore, Botox is an essential treatment for dental health. Original Botox and Dysport from UK are in use at Vivid.

If you have bruxism. At Vivid Dental Surgeons, we recommend Botox treatment to maintain longevity of dental treatment.