Bruxism, commonly referred to as teeth grinding, is estimated to affect over 40 million Americans. Dr. Miles H. Graivier was recently featured in the July/August 2014 issue of Modern Aesthetics discussing treatment options.
The article is included below:
NEUROTOXINS FOR TEETH GRINDING, TMJ INFLAMMATION, MASSETER HYPERTROPHY
Many patients who come in for neurotoxin injections for cosmetic uses have a square jaw. When I ask if they grind their teeth, the answer is almost always yes. The exception is patients of Asian origin (especially in the Korean population), who often have hypertrophic masseter muscles. Bruxism is the subconscious grinding of teeth that usually is treated with teeth night guards. Teeth can be worn down, and TMJ inflammation often results. Use of neurotoxins can give almost immediate relief of these symptoms and often do away with the need for night splints. It can also lessen the square lower jaw appearance with masseter muscle shrinkage. The dosage per treatment is less in the Caucasian bruxism population with the usual dosage of 10-15 Units of Botox (or its equivalent other neurotoxins) per masseter. In the Asian population with hypertrophic masseters, the treatment amounts are often double.