A lot of people would never consider the problem of teeth grinding to fall under Cosmetic Medicine! The truth is though, that dentists are being trained by Cosmetic practitioners on treating teeth grinding using botulinum injections. The same products we use to treat wrinkles on the face can also be used to treat therapeutic indications like grinding teeth.
In fact, a little known truth is that Botulinum Toxin injection was first used to treat the therapeutic condition of blepharospasm – or twitching eye. Very small doses were injected into the muscles causing the spasm with excellent results. Researchers noticed that people treated were also showing visibly less wrinkles around the eye – and boom, Botox® Cosmetic was born – and the world has never been the same.
Treating therapeutic conditions with Botulinum Injections is still very common and we even treat children as young as 2 years old with doses more than 10 times what we use in a frown or crows feet treatment. It just highlights how safe these products really are. By injecting the masseter muscle (the strong chewing muscles in the corner of the jaw) we are able to ‘soften’ its strength and reduce teeth grinding. It’s often better to consult a Cosmetic doctor like Dr Wilkinson for this type of treatment as he is injecting botulinum toxin every day and has vastly more experience and understanding of the product than most dentists.