Botox in the masseter muscle
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Botox in masseter
Botox can help with excessive clenching and tension of the jaw
You are not too young to have the treatment done, and I think this is a good option for you to try next. Generally, this treatment is well tolerated. One potential side effect could be that it takes more effort for you to chew harder or tougher foods as the masseter muscles are more relaxed; this sensation usually resolves within a few weeks. You may also notice that the shape of your jaw becomes more sleek and less square, as the masseter muscles in people who clench are very prominent and result in a square jaw appearance. I would suggest that you try this treatment, as it has the potential to improve your symptoms.
Botox for teeth grinding
- You are not too young for Botox.
- Your pain and tension is not better because now you are grinding the mouth guard.
- Botox is very safe and effective for your tooth grinding - you are clenching all day long.
- Botox is injected into the masseter muscles which close the jaw.
- It lasts 3 months or more - and varies from one person to the next.
- It has to be injected carefully - too high and it changes your smile until the Botox wears off.
- Botox risks are few at this low dose. Bruising and a headache after the injection are the most common.
- The only other alternatives are similar neurotoxins - Xeomin, Dysport, Myobloc.
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