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Botox against grinding teeth: does it really help?
Botox against grinding teeth: does it really help?

Headache, dizziness, blurred vision, nausea, and even tinnitus - all signs of bruxism. Our editor had botox injected against the nocturnal crunch and that is her conclusion.

Bruximus, grinding teeth, botox
Bruximus, grinding teeth, botox

Around one in five and one in five grinds their teeth - often at night and without knowing it. I am one of those people. At the moment it is even more relevant than ever. According to a study, dentists report an increase in chipped or broken teeth, which has been linked to grinding. The reason is said to be the increased stress caused by the ongoing corona pandemic.

I have been plagued not only recently, but for years, sometimes unbearable headache and neck pain. Sometimes it is so bad that my face wakes up completely cramped. This unconscious night grinding - or in my case the clenching of my teeth - has already made itself felt with wear and tear on my teeth. In addition, my tension could already be felt from the outside, which was noticeable as small nodules in the cheeks. I've already tried a few things - from relaxation exercises to massages and the classic crunching splint (mine cost € 250). Nothing really helped.

Bruxism - what's behind it?

In bruxism, those affected grind or clench their teeth strongly. The symptoms range from headache, dizziness, visual disturbances, nausea and tinnitus. Due to the constant overload of the jaw - When grinding, a pressure of over 100 kilograms per square centimeter can be exerted on our teeth - The temporomandibular joint and teeth may wear out. The main reason for bruxism is stress, by the way, but jaw misalignments also contribute to it.

Since I've been struggling with it for a long time, I had to bring up harder guns, did further research and came across Botox. For a long time I thought that botox would only take care of unwanted wrinkles. But apparently the neurotoxin can do a lot more. It quickly became clear that I wanted to try it out and made an appointment at a medical center in Vienna.

What is botox? How does it work?

Botox is actually the abbreviation for botulinum toxin and is a powerful neurotoxin, which is not secreted by snakes, as is often believed, but by bacteria. If used correctly, Botox can help, in addition to lifting, also with movement disorders, excessive sweating, migraines and also with crunching. When injected into the jaw muscles, it causes them to relax and thus counteracts the crunch. As a nice side effect, the cheeks can also narrow a little. I don't say no either …;-)

Are there any risks? And what do I have to pay attention to?

It is a medical procedure and can therefore, like everyone else, mild to severe side effects to have. The most important: You should always consult a professional because a wrong injection can lead to a (temporary) paralysis of the face. In principle, if used properly, a dose of Botox that is so low that no consequential damage is to be expected.

This is how the botox treatment went

I decided on the JUVENIS team, which works with cruelty-free products, which is important to me personally. After a detailed informative discussion, the hand or the syringe was put on. First the areas were disinfected and then it poked my jaw muscles a total of six times (three times on each side). Two areas were a bit more sensitive because they were already very hardened.

Immediately after the treatment I was allowed to get up and really had no pain. Then I was informed that I shouldn't do any endurance sports or go to the sauna for the next few days. A few hours later I felt that my muscles were relaxing a little. I didn't have any side effects - also no major problems with chewing. I couldn't bite off an apple for the first few days, but that went away relatively quickly. Even the puncture sites could no longer be seen minutes later. Important at this point: It can take three weeks to achieve the final result - depending on the degree of tension.

How much does it cost? How long does it last?

A treatment costs 350 to 550 euros and usually lasts up to six months. Then, if you want to maintain the effect, you should inject again.

What happened after that? My conclusion

After four weeks I came for a check-up and was given another dose because the desired result had not yet been achieved. Another four months have passed since the last injection. In the meantime I don't get up completely cramped in my face, I don't have such bad bite marks on the inside of my cheeks and my headache has also improved. The really bad tension in the jaw muscles can no longer be felt from the outside. Where there used to be solid nodules, there is nothing today. So I would say: Overall, I am satisfied. There is one small but: I have to admit that I still grind, albeit with a lot less pressure. That's why I continue to use the grinding splint to protect my teeth.

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