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Botox For Bruxism

Botox for bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding, is a well-established treatment for this frequent condition, which is collectively known as TMJ Disorder.  Bruxism involves grinding, gnashing, or clenching the teeth, often during sleep or in stressful situations. This can lead to a range of issues, including dental damage, facial pain, and sleep disruptions. TMJ Botox is a popular treatment, and we get patient referrals from dentists.

Before and after photos of masseter Botox for bruxism, showing significant muscle reduction.
Note the remarkable difference in the jawline angle and muscle size before and after masseter Botox treatment.

Causes Of Bruxism

Bruxism, commonly known as teeth grinding, can be caused by several factors. Stress and anxiety are often major contributors, as they can lead to involuntary jaw clenching and grinding, especially during sleep. Other causes include misaligned teeth, which can disrupt normal jaw alignment and function, and certain lifestyle habits like smoking, heavy alcohol consumption, and caffeine.

Additionally, some medications and medical conditions are known to predispose individuals to bruxism. Understanding these causes is crucial for effectively managing and treating this condition.

Image of Bruxism (teeth grinding) long term effects on teeth wear and tear
Botox for Bruxism (teeth grinding) reduces the pressure on the teeth, reducing long-term wear and tear.

TMJ Botox Helps:

  • Headaches and migraines
  • Earaches
  • Facial Pain
  • Neck pain
  • Chipped Teeth and tooth sensitivity
  • Chewed tissue on the inside of the mouth.
  • Soreness and stiffness in the jaw joint and surrounding jaw muscles
  • Disturbance in sleep (sleep bruxism)
  • Shoulder tightness and tension

Jaw grinding can enlarge the masseter muscle, which is responsible for chewing. Strengthening exercises for the jaw muscle are like weightlifting.

Understanding the Muscles of Mastication

Size and Relevance to TMJ, Bruxism and Botox

The muscles of mastication are key players in jaw movement and are directly involved in conditions like TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorders) and bruxism (teeth grinding). Here’s a look at these muscles, arranged from largest to smallest, and their relevance to these conditions:

Muscles That Botox Treatments Commonly Target

  1. Masseter Muscle: This is the largest and most powerful muscle of mastication. It plays a significant role in clenching the jaw and is often involved in bruxism. This muscle is commonly injected in botox bruxism treatments. Botox injections in the masseter muscle can also be used for cosmetic jawline slimming.
  2. Temporalis Muscle: Located over the temples, the temporalis assists in closing the jaw and clenching. If symptoms indicate, administering Botox injections in the temporalis muscle can also effectively treat bruxism (eg associated headaches)

Muscles That Botox Treatments Seldom Target

  1. Medial Pterygoid: This muscle, while smaller than the masseter and temporalis, assists in elevating the jaw and plays a role in grinding movements from side to side. It can be involved in TMJ disorders by contributing to uneven jaw movements and strain.
  2. Lateral Pterygoid: The smallest of the mastication muscles, the lateral pterygoid helps open the jaw and move it from side to side. Its function is crucial in the mechanics of the TMJ and can be a source of dysfunction in TMJ disorders.

Botox For Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)

A review by Colgate shows that Botox offers notable benefits for treating bruxism, which is the term for teeth grinding. This treatment benefits those without success and other methods to change this involuntary behaviour. Botox works by being injected into the muscles that control jaw movement, primarily the masseter muscle and possibly the frontalis and temporalis muscles, depending on individual needs. This helps to reduce muscle activity that leads to teeth grinding, alleviating associated symptoms like jaw pain, headaches, and dental wear.

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Botox For Bruxism Price

  • Female £350
  • Male £350


A doctor marking the masseter muscle on a patient's jawline in preparation for Botox treatment to alleviate teeth grinding.
TMJ Botox: Our doctor marks the masseter muscle for precise Botox for Bruxism treatment.
Video of TMJ Botox For Bruxism treatment injections being performed on a patient
Botox for bruxism effectively targets the muscles responsible for jaw tension and teeth grinding. We primarily inject the masseter and/or temporalis muscles.

TMJ Botox For Bruxism

What Is TMJ Disorder?

Jaw pain, often caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, can significantly affect daily activities. The TMJ acts as a hinge, connecting the jawbone to the skull’s temporal bones. TMJ disorder can lead to pain and discomfort in this joint.

Several common factors contribute to TMJ disorder, including:

Bruxism: Habitual grinding or jaw clenching can strain the TMJ, leading to pain and inflammation.
Jaw Misalignment: Biting or having a deformed jaw can stress the TMJ excessively, causing discomfort and limited movement.
Stress and Anxiety: Emotional stress and anxiety can contribute to jaw tension and worsen symptoms of TMJ disorder.

TMJ Botox Treatment

Botox (botulinum toxin) is also used therapeutically to relieve symptoms of TMJ, such as pain, reduced muscle activity, and improved jaw movement, by relaxing the masseter muscle.

TMJ specialist London offers a non-invasive and quick jaw-clenching treatment with minimal downtime. Jaw Botox injections are used to provide temporary relief from TMJ symptoms, addressing masseter muscle tension and spasms.

Unlike uncomfortable mouth guards, Botox’s effects on teeth grinding last several months. It helps restore normal jaw movement and functionality, improving the quality of life for individuals with TMJ.

High Risk Group for Teeth Grinding

Some groups of people are more susceptible to bruxism than others. Those at the highest risk include:

  • Individuals with other sleep disorders, such as:
  • Snoring
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Sleep talking
  • Violent behaviour during sleep
  • Sleep paralysis
  • Hypnogogic/hypnopompic hallucinations (semi-consciousness between sleep and wake)


  • Individuals leading stressful lifestyles:
  • Smokers
  • People with a high alcohol consumption
  • Patients who consume six or more cups of tea or coffee per day
  • People taking medication for sleep, depression, and/or anxiety

Further Reading:

TMJ Disorders

Masseter Botox to reduce the masseter size

London Botox

Frequently Asked Questions

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    Botox For Bruxism Results

    In 2-3 Weeks lasting 4-6+ Months

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    Procedure Time

    10-15 Minutes

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    TMJ Botox Risk & Complications

    Allergic Reactions, Bruises,
    Infection & Temporary smile

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    No Downtime

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Who is likely to suffer from Bruxism or grinding teeth?

Bruxism affects both males and women at about the same rate. You may be at a greater risk of experiencing teeth grinding if you have a family history of bruxism. Other factors to remember are:

  • Type of personality, as energetic people are more likely to grind their teeth.
  • Tension
  • Tension Anxiety
  • Caffeine intake 
  • Smoking
  • Anti-anxiety drugs

How much time does Botox for Teeth Grinding take?

Botulinum toxin for bruxism/TMJ takes around 15-20 minutes. It is a relatively fast and efficient treatment with few side effects. The full impact of TMJ/Bruxism treatment takes 2-3 days to appear and lasts for 4-6 months.

Are there any side effects of Bruxism Treatment with Botox Injections?

Botox for teeth grinding is relatively safe when injected by an experienced practitioner. However, there are a few potential short-term negative effects, such as:

  • There may be pain, swelling, or bruising at the injection site.
  • Symptoms of flu or a headache
  • Drooling or a crooked smile
  • Excessive tearing or eye dryness

How long does a Botox for teeth grinding take to show results?

The effects of Jaw Botox treatment for teeth grinding typically become noticeable within a few days to a week after the procedure.

How long does botox for teeth grinding take to perform?

The Bruxism/TMJ treatment with Botox (botulinum toxin) takes only a few minutes after the consultation. It is quick and effective, with minimal side effects. The full results of the treatment take 2-3 days to show up, and they last for 4-6 months.

Temporomandibular joint Botox complete cure Jaw clenching?

Botox for teeth grinding can significantly improve your condition but may not completely cure the problem. Regular temporomandibular joint botox maintains symptom relief at longer intervals.

Why CosmeDocs?

CosmeDocs is a renowned name in the medical aesthetic industry. Our clinic, located in Harley Street (London), is well equipped and has modern practices. CosmeDocs are also well-known trainers to physicians from around the wolrd.

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