So, there is an interesting new application for Botox that I would like to discuss first. We all know Botox as the best thing to hit the aesthetic field since lipstick. However, there are many applications for Botox that are not cosmetic but dramatically improve people’s quality of life. The medication is used to decrease excessive sweating in the hands, soles of the feet, underarms and face. It is used to decrease or eliminate tension and migraine headaches. It is also used to cure a variety of tics and muscle spasms.
To this list, I would add that Botox is an excellent remedy for teeth grinding or Bruxism and the related disorder of temporo-mandibular joint disorder or TMJ. I have recently injected several patients with small amounts of Botox into the masseter muscle (this is the muscle that provides the force of chewing) and, while their eating, speaking and other daily activities were unaffected, their grinding ceased completely. These patients were telling me that they grind every night and that nothing, not even dental devices worked – they chewed them up and spit them out in the middle of the night. The reason I asked them about grinding in the first place is that they appeared to have a square jaw, with thickness in the muscles at the angle of the jaw.
My results are in line with the experience of several centers in New York, Canada and Houston, where patients saw good relief from TMJ and Bruxism with Botox. I am excited about this treatment and will be reaching out to area dentists to help them with their TMJ populations. If you would like more information, please call us at 310 443 5273 and we can set up a complementary appointment.See you soon,
Alexander Z. Rivkin M.D.