Bruxism Botox Istanbul: Masseter Botox, also known as bruxism (teeth clenching, teeth grinding), is a procedure applied to reduce the excessively developed and strengthened masseter muscles in the lower part of the face and to treat bruxism. It also has an aesthetic benefit as it leads to slimming of the lower part of the face.
Bruxism refers to the habit of teeth clenching and grinding. It is a condition primarily related to daily stress and psychological factors. Detecting it in its early stages requires attention, and in more advanced stages, there may be an enlargement of the lower part of the face, resulting in a square appearance, as well as wear on the chewing surfaces of the teeth. Patients often notice teeth clenching when they wake up with headaches or earaches in the morning, or they are diagnosed with bruxism by the doctors they consult due to these complaints.
Bruxism has primarily two causes, psychological and physiological. Stress is the most significant and common factor. Some medications, missing teeth, and misalignment of teeth due to not timely removal of impacted wisdom teeth can also cause bruxism.
After a certain period, this condition, which triggers each other, must be treated.
The treatment of teeth clenching habits requires patience and continuity. The condition causing teeth clenching should be identified through an examination. In patients with a psychological basis of bruxism, treatment should be planned in coordination with a psychologist. If teeth clenching is due to physical factors within the mouth, these factors should be addressed first. However, even if the causes are eliminated, teeth clenching may persist as a habitual behavior or may not be entirely possible to eliminate the cause. In such cases, night guards are made to protect the teeth, and botulinum toxin (Botox) injections are administered to the hypertrophied masseter muscles.
The masseter muscle is located in the lower part of the face and connects the fixed upper jaw with the movable lower jaw. It acts like a suspension to the lower jaw. The masseter muscle becomes active every time we open our mouth. When we talk, the masseter muscle moves our jaw; when we yawn, the masseter muscle yawns as well; when we eat, the synchronized movement of the masseter muscles on the right and left sides helps to chew and grind the food in our mouth. These are the natural functions of the masseter muscle. However, in individuals with teeth clenching habits like bruxism, the masseter muscle starts to work beyond its normal functions, meaning it works excessively and unnecessarily.
Bruxism, which is teeth clenching or grinding, can occur at night or during specific daytime periods. Throughout this teeth clenching and grinding process, our masseter muscle remains active. In other words, the masseter muscle, whose primary function is to move the lower jaw when necessary (speaking, eating, yawning), becomes active during nights and certain daytime periods. This excessive activity causes the muscle to become stronger and grow larger.
First, a thorough examination of the masseter muscle is conducted. The patient is asked to clench their teeth to maximize the volume and visibility of the masseter muscle. The dentist then examines the muscle both from inside the mouth and outside, using the palpation method, and determines from which points and how many injections are required. The injections can be performed from 3 or 4 points, depending on the size of the muscle. After the examination, the skin is disinfected. In sensitive patients, topical anesthetic creams can be used. Once the skin and the injection points are prepared, the injection procedure is carried out. The necessary doses are injected into the specified points.
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The procedure is almost painless with a minimum level of discomfort. There might be a slight burning sensation during the injection which serves as evidence that the medication is being delivered to the correct area.
Masseter Botox treatment is primarily used to treat bruxism, the condition of teeth clenching. As a result of this treatment, the masseter muscle responsible for chewing is reduced in size, leading to face slimming, a more defined appearance of cheekbones, and the ideal V-shaped appearance of the face.
The second application should be done approximately 3 to 4 months after the first one. The third application can be performed 5 to 6 months after the second one. In general, 3 treatments are sufficient for the therapy. If deemed necessary by the dentist, additional treatments can be performed based on the patient’s needs, at intervals of 6 months or so. The number of doses varies depending on the patient’s condition and the size of the muscle. The number of doses for a long-term bruxism patient will be different from that of a new bruxism patient.
It can be applied to any healthy individual who has completed their development.
How effective is Masseter Botox in treating bruxism? The effectiveness of Masseter Botox in treating teeth clenching habits is observed from the first session.
Due to the reduction of the masseter muscle caused by bruxism, there will be slimming in the lower part of the face. The extent of this slimming depends on the size of the muscle. It will be more noticeable in individuals with excessively developed masseter muscles.
Since Masseter Botox involves the area around the mouth and teeth, it should be performed by a qualified doctor who specializes in this field and is knowledgeable about the anatomy of the mouth region.
The dosage required for an effective treatment must be carefully evaluated. Since the masseter muscle is a large muscle, the amount of botox used is usually higher. Therefore, the cost is higher than other types of botox. It may vary depending on the patient’s condition, but on average it is between 75 and 200 dollars.