The Stress of Everyday Life really has lot to answer for.
Not surprisingly, the demand for TMJ, Jaw Clenching & Teeth Grinding injections is on the increase.
In our clinics, we are seeing lots of patients with tense Masseter muscles who complain of heavy looking jowls and wider looking jaws.
Many are now having Anti Wrinkle injections into their Masseter muscles & find them to be a great help. Especially if their jaw clenching occurs during their work day due to prolonged periods deep concentration.
The anti wrinkle injections temporarily relieves the tension in their jaw and helps prevents clenching of their teeth.
Botulinum Toxin Treatment for TMJ + Masseter Muscle Reduction and Jawline Correction
Botox may help treat symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. You may benefit most from this treatment if other methods haven’t worked
The neurotoxin is injected into your jaw muscles, forehead and often your temple depending on your symptoms. The injections cause the jaw muscles to have a limited function which can bring pain relief and decrease your symptoms. The results should last for 4 months.
BRUXISM v TMJ
Bruxism is a condition where people are grinding and clenching their teeth, mostly at night
TMJ (temporomandibular joints) is a disorder of the jaw joints.
TMJ and Bruxism have similar symptoms headaches, jaw pain, facial pain, neck pain, sensitive teeth, ear pain, worn teeth, and painful jaw movement. They don’t always go hand in hand , but sometimes they can.
TMJ is caused by an imbalance in your jaw joints. Prolonged teeth grinding can wear down your teeth so much that you may develop an imbalanced jaw. Conversely, the stress of the pain from TMJ can cause you to grind your teeth more often to offset the pain.
Anti Wrinkle injections into the Masseter muscle take away the square look to the angle of your jaw and soften the look of your lower face.
After 3-4 weeks, your jawline should appear slightly slimmer, as your jaw is not so clenched and inflamed.
“If you repeatedly inject an enlarged Masseter for jaw clenching, the muscle will shrink in size and this creates the jawline slimming effect.” says Dr. Mark Hamilton.
HOW THE TREATMENT WORKS
Injections are carefully placed into the Masseter muscle (the muscle that runs down your cheek which is responsible for chewing as well as opening & closing your jaw).
Dr. Hamilton will inject approx 40- 50 units of toxin into your jaw muscle (20- 25 units on each side of your face).
The treatment will takes 15 minutes & does not hurt – just a slight pinching sensation.
There’s no downtime.
Bruxism Injections Cost €350/ £250, when having Facial Anti Wrinkle Injections or Facial Dermal Fillers.
Stand alone treatment Costs €500/ £450
TMJ injections cost €420/ £280, when having Facial Anti Wrinkle Injections or Facial Dermal Fillers.
As a stand alone treatment the cost is €550/ £450
Relief of your symptoms does not occur immediately. Over the 2 weeks after your injections you will notice far less jaw tension. Jaw clenching will still happen but not at the high tension level it was.
You should sleep better at night due to less grinding.
Effects should last 3- 6 months. The treatment needs to be repeated when the grinding starts again.
- Scientists have found that many people experienced increased teeth grinding and pain during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- This is most likely due to the stress and anxiety
- Certain self-help measures like stress reduction and mindfulness may help
- Night time mouth guards can also give relief