With the opportunities provided by improvements in medical technology, we have arrived at an intersection of aesthetics and functionality. For people with severe teeth grinding, dentists recommend Botox treatment once every six months, in conjunction with night guard usage. Botox treatment consists of injections done to the chewing muscles (masseter muscle) located inside the patient’s cheeks. Thanks to these injections, the contraction strength of the chewing muscles decreases. Due to the decrease of this strength, forces on the teeth and temporomandibular joint also decreases. Botox injections are definitely not painful or disruptive. They result in no interruption to the person’s work, sport, or travel.
The most frequently asked question after receiving Botox treatment is concern about the negative effect of chewing weakness in daily life. Botulinum Toxin treatment does not have any effect on the grinding strength of the chewing muscles during eating. The aim of Botulinum Toxin is to prevent the excessive force of tooth grinding that occurs after the chewing motion concludes. The force which is transferred to teeth during eating is almost one tenth of the force during grinding. Therefore, after Botulinum Toxin, patients can chew as before with the same comfort level.