Jaw Clenching Treatment FAQs
What can I expect during my bruxism treatment?
Prior to your treatment at Face and Body Adelaide, your clinician will review your medical history and find out more about the symptoms you’ve been experiencing before clearing you for this treatment.
During your treatment, anti-wrinkle injections, which contain a purified protein, will be injected into the masseter muscles of the jaw. The protein in the anti-wrinkle injections will block the signals that cause these muscles to clench and grind your jaw. It should be noted that the treatment will not affect eating or talking.
Patients can expect to notice a change 2 to 3 weeks after their treatment but will require a top-up treatment every 4 to 6 months. The average treatment won’t last longer than 30 minutes and you are free to return to your usual activities directly after your treatment.
Will my appearance be affected after my bruxism treatment?
Patients who have been struggling with this condition tend to develop a square jaw but anti-wrinkle injections can be used to relax and soften the jaw area. Even though this change is subtle, speak to your clinician about what you can expect and what your jaw contouring options are.
Are anti-wrinkle injections a safe way to treat jaw clenching?
Anti-wrinkle injections have been thoroughly researched and are FDA-approved, making this a safe treatment for jaw clenching.
Am I an ideal candidate for this bruxism treatment?
The thickness of your masseter muscle will be one of the factors that determine whether you are an ideal candidate for this procedure. Your clinician will be able to gauge the thickness of this muscle during your consultation. Your medical history will also need to be taken into consideration to determine whether you can go ahead with treatment.
Are there any side effects associated with treatments for jaw clenching?
Side effects are always possible but with the help of a qualified and experienced injector, they can be minimised. Here are a few of the potential side effects associated with bruxism treatments:
- Mild bruising at the injection site
- Infection at the injection site
- Tenderness or skin irritation at the injection site
- Transient Headache
Please get in touch with Face and Body Adelaide should you experience any serious side effects.
How will I know when to schedule my next jaw clenching treatment?
If you made the decision to receive treatment because you were experiencing pain, you will require another treatment once the pain returns. If your pain is minimal or doesn’t reappear at all, you may not need another anti-wrinkle injection treatment. Wait at least 3 months before you schedule another treatment.
If you also wanted to achieve a slimmer jaw, you will clearly be able to tell whether you require a second treatment.
Is it safe for me to combine anti-wrinkle injections with other cosmetic treatments?
Yes, absolutely! Many patients choose to combine their wrinkle relaxer treatments with other procedures in order to achieve an overall refreshed and vibrant appearance. Face and Body Adelaide will assist you with a tailored treatment plan that will meet your specific requirements.