Botox – treatment of bruxism

Botulinum toxin in the case of bruxism can be a stand-alone treatment or support other therapies, such as dental (use of dental relaxation splints or block braces, restoration of proper occlusion), physiotherapy (laser therapy, manual therapy, light therapy) or psychological.

What does the treatment consist in?

The treatment consists in injecting botulinum toxin into the masseter muscle (sometimes the temporal muscle).

It is important to follow post-treatment instructions, i.e. do not lie down for at least 4 hours after the treatment, on the day of the treatment do not do intense gymnastics, especially with your head down, avoid high temperatures.

Within a few days the patient feels the relaxation of masseter muscles, the disappearance of tension, headaches and sleeping problems. Such satisfactory effects last up to about 6 months, but their duration is determined by the individual predisposition of the patient. The treatment is short and leaves no traces on the skin, you can immediately return to daily activities.

In case of hypertrophy of masseter muscle, the lower part of the face takes a square shape. By injecting Botox into the masseter muscle, the muscle tension is reduced and the force of contraction is weakened, and the face shape is softened to a more oval shape. Most patients find the treatment to significantly change their quality of life.

Is the treatment safe?

The treatment is completely safe – the effects of the toxin subside within 4-6 months, and no permanent complications after the treatment have been reported. Every few months the administration of the toxin should be repeated.

Contraindications

  • pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • taking antibiotics (at least 2 weeks before the treatment)
  • active infection
  • neuromuscular conduction disorders
  • problems with blood clotting
  • use of anticoagulation drugs

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