Bruxism – Teeth Grinding

Bruxism is a medical term which describes grinding and clenching the teeth. This can be greatly relieved with BOTOX injections to decrease muscle strength in the jawline.

What is Bruxism?
How does it work?
Advantages of BOTOX for bruxism
What does it cost?
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Grinding or clenching the teeth

Bruxism is a habit which involves excessively grinding of the teeth and clenching the jaw.

It’s surprisingly common, affecting 8-10% of the population; and is most common among 25-44 year olds. It can be stress-related, but once the habit has started, it is difficult to stop as it is subconscious.

Bruxism isn’t just an annoying habit – it can cause a series of related problems:

  • Tooth wear/breakage
  • Jaw pain, limited movement and other disorders
  • Migraine/headache/earache
  • Sleep disturbance/insomnia
  • Over-developed jaw muscles – making the face look square or swollen

Most cases of Bruxism occur or are at their worst during sleep, which makes it quite hard to tackle.

BOTOX injections can be used to calm the overactive muscles to reduce their action and break the cycle.

Grinding or clenching the teeth
BOTOX for bruxism treatment

BOTOX is the brand name for botulinum toxin, which is a potent and powerful substance.

BOTOX in minute doses acts as a ‘paralytic’, so in the case of bruxism treatment, it can treat overactive muscles by reducing their activity.

It is administered into the masseter muscle in the jawline area. The effects of treatment can last around 3 months or sometimes more.

Not Just For Wrinkles

The uses of Botox have expanded exponentially in recent years to include a wide range of conditions.

For example, SkinViva offer BOTOX injections for hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating) and migraine as well as a range of cosmetic treatments.

BOTOX for bruxism treatment
Injections to stop teeth grinding and jaw clenching

There are a number of advantages to having BOTOX injections for bruxism:

  • Fast acting treatment – results are noticeable quickly, but fully develop in a week
  • Reduced symptoms – headaches, earache, general soreness/aches and pains
  • No recovery time – you can return to work straight after
  • Reduced prominence of the jaw as muscle size diminishes
  • Treatment can be repeated after results wear off
  • No uncomfortable splint

Next Steps

A free consultation with one of our doctors or dentists is an opportunity to discuss the problem with an expert. As doctors and dentists, our team are trained to understand the medical condition as well as the treatment. They’ll be able to discuss how effective the treatment is likely to be for you and will give balanced advice based on your individual needs.

Injections to stop teeth grinding and jaw clenching
What is the cost of BOTOX for bruxism?

Bruxism treatment using BOTOX® is available at our Manchester clinic.

SkinViva prides itself on offering superior quality cosmetic skin treatments delivered by an elite team of aesthetic medical professionals with value-for-money prices.

We also offer an option for clients who prefer to spread the cost.

BOTOX® Injections
TreatmentPriceMonthly from₂
Bruxism Treatment£299£68.00

₂ – Interest free direct debit scheme monthly payments and deposits will be based on a set number of treatments in contract and a specific number of payments. This varies by treatment and will be fully explained at your consultation. Alternatively, please feel free to call if you’d like to discuss our direct debit scheme. See also: Direct Debit Terms.

Please note that the amount of correction required, lifestyle factors and skin types will all impact on the longevity of your treatment.

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Got a Question?

Botox is injected into the masseter muscle which moves the jaw.

Botox works by temporarily relaxing the muscles in the area that it's injecting into.

It trims the receptors on the muscle which receive the message from the brain and thus impedes the muscle movement.

No - your Botox treatment won't affect these normal and essential functions. A very small amount of BOTOX is used and it is positioned very carefully to only dull the overactive masseter muscle involved in bruxism. Eating and drinking will be fine and your speech won't be affected at all.

The effects of BOTOX on the masseter muscle will last 3-4 months before the BOTOX wears off.

However, in some cases, BOTOX treatment can be instrumental in breaking the habit of teeth grinding/clenching. So for some lucky patients, even when the BOTOX has worn off, the habit may not necessarily restart again.

Initial effects relatively quickly - sometimes even straightaway - but they continue to develop for up to for two weeks.

This does vary on the individual. We generally recommend that BOTOX should last 3-4 months, but in some cases, it can take 6 months for the BOTOX to be completely broken down and expelled by the body.

At this point, treatment can be repeated.

SkinViva uses very fine needles, which minimises any discomfort. We also use a high number of needles per client, as fresh needles reduce the risk of bruising.

The jawline can be a sensitive area, so we also offer ice or local anaesthetic cream prior to treatment, to minimise sensation.

Yes, consultations are essential and mandatory in order to discuss medical background, understand what you're looking to achieve and to talk you through important information.

We offer consultations free of charge and there's no obligation to proceed. However, if you do wish to go ahead, we can normally carry out treatment in the same appointment as your consultation.

All new customers are given a 45 minute appointment by default but repeat customers may need as little as 30 minutes.

Botox is charged per muscle group – i.e. each individual area requiring treatment. Jaw muscle relaxation for bruxism is typically charged at 3 areas. See our prices section for more information.

Yes, when a qualified Clinician administers it. Cosmetic doses of Botox are minuscule and over 450,000 UK procedures are performed each year. Allergic reactions are extremely rare.

As BOTOX has no recovery time, there is little aftercare required. You may be given some mild facial exercises after treatment and it is important to follow this advice.

For the first 2 hours after treatment, do not to rub the affected areas.

For the first 24 hours, avoid any vigorous exercise, alcohol and sun exposure – whether natural or artificial.

Botox is broken down by the body during the first 48 hours of treatment, so does not stay in your system for long. Improved effects are visible with multiple treatments because the muscle is already relaxed from the previous session so your skin is creasing less and the wrinkles are not being reinforced.

Most side effects are related to the actual act of injecting the skin, rather than the product itself. These include: minor redness or swelling around the injection site (which vanishes within 1-2hrs), minor bruising on occasions. Some patients experience headaches and there is a very small risk of infection around the entry point, which is minimised with our hygiene practices.

SkinViva contact clients a week after BOTOX treatment to check on the results. We may offer a free top-up injection, which would be administered around 14 days after the original treatment.

Women who are pregnant and/or breast-feeding, people with neurological diseases such as Myasthenia Gravis and Parkinson’s Disease, consumers of certain anti-biotics (namely Erythromycin) and those using blood-thinning medications including Warfarin or Heparin.

Your Clinician will discuss these with you at your consultation.

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