Botox for Teeth Grinding (Bruxism) Overview
Treats: Symptoms associated with persistent clenching or grinding, including pain, headaches, tooth damage, and an enlarged masseter muscle
Length: 15 minutes
Anesthesia: None needed
Side Effects: Mild swelling around the injection sites possible for a day or two
Risks: Minimal when procedure is performed by an experienced injector
Recovery: Most patients return to regular schedule immediately following the procedure
Duration of Results: 4-6 months
Remarkable Care, Exceptional Results
“I never had Botox before and was very nervous after reading horror stories. I did an extensive research on finding a doctor to do Botox. I decided to go with Dr. Kulbersh. He did such a fabulous job. He had a good bedside manner, listened to my concerns and what I wanted (a natural look) and was precise and careful during injections. I felt I looked natural, refreshed and younger after the injections. I went to someone else after him and BIG mistake! I had a large bruise on my forehead and a surprised look on my face. I’ll never go to anyone else but Dr. Kulbersh for injections.”
At Carolina Facial Plastics in Charlotte, NC Dr. Kulbersh’s ultimate goal as a facial plastic surgeon is to bring his patients the most cutting edge and advanced treatments possible to help them improve their quality of life. Bruxism, better known as teeth grinding, affects millions of Americans, although many don’t seek treatment. There are several non-surgical treatment options for teeth grinding, including one convenient, safe, and effective method is Botox injections.
The top aesthetic destination of the south, Carolina Facial Plastics, is led by double board-certified facial plastic surgeon Dr. Jonathan Kulbersh. With his team of cosmetic experts, a fully accredited surgery center, and a private recovery retreat all located in the heart of SouthPark, Carolina Facial Plastics is known for unparalleled and natural-looking results exclusively for the face.
Bruxism is nighttime teeth grinding or clenching that can cause tooth damage, headaches, pain, and jaw disorders. The clenching is due to overactive muscles that forcefully contract at night. These contractions cause the teeth to grind against each other at high pressures. The traditional treatment of bruxism is a dental guard that is worn at night. This prevents the teeth from touching so they cannot grind against one another. While this may be effective for some patients, it does not correct the underlying problem, which is the contracting muscles.
To learn more about bruxism, please visit ncbi.gov.
Botox for bruxism is a relatively new treatment Dr. Kulbersh provides for his patients in Charlotte, with his physician assistant Heather Bryant, MPAS, PA-C, and nurse practitioner Courtney Whitley, FNP-C. This treatment corrects the contracting muscles, relaxing them to relieve the clenching and grinding. Botox is injected into two of the main muscles that cause the grinding, the masseter, and temporalis muscle. Botox does not affect the patient’s ability to eat, chew, or talk. Most patients experience a resolution of most, if not all, of their symptoms within a week or two after the injections. This procedure is effective for 4-6 months. This five-minute procedure can prevent unwanted teeth clenching, allow for better sleep quality, prevent further damage to their teeth, stop headaches and pain, and improve the patient’s quality of life.
Dr. Kulbersh will help you determine whether you’re a good candidate for Botox injections to treat bruxism. If you’d like to learn more about how you can overcome your nightly habit of teeth grinding in just one quick office visit, contact our Charlotte office today by calling (704) 842-3644 or completing our online contact form.
Frequently asked questions
Because teeth grinding occurs due to a clenched jaw muscle, Botox helps lessen the muscle’s ability to clench tightly. When the muscle relaxes, it results in decreased grinding and relief from accompanying symptoms.
You’re most likely a candidate for the treatment if you grind your teeth at night. Pregnant women cannot have Botox injections.
Cost is dependent upon the individual, as the extent of your teeth grinding will play a part in determining how many injections you’ll need. Dr. Kulbersh works with his patients to provide a cost-effective treatment plan.
An experienced Botox injector should perform this treatment to ensure the best possible result. Dr. Kulbersh is a board-certified head and neck surgeon specializing in facial plastics. He brings a unique knowledge of both function and aesthetics to his patients. Heather and Courtney also have extensive training and experience working with neuromodulators like Botox to ensure an optimal outcome for all of their patients.
When Botox is used to treat bruxism, it is injected into the masseter muscles located in the jaw and the temporalis muscle in the scalp. By relaxing the muscles involved with the clenching action, we can reduce the amount of grinding that you’ll be able to do while sleeping.