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what causes jaw clenching
  • by Op. Dr. Evren Tevfik İşçi
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what causes jaw clenching? how does it go?

The masseter muscle links your lower jaw to your cheek. It is one of the few muscles in the body that is responsible for chewing. When this muscle develops in individuals who grind or clench their teeth, it can substantially modify the structure of your lower face. An enlarged masseter can distort an oval face, making it look square. It can also make one side of your chin appear larger than the other, resulting in facial asymmetry. Botox injections are an excellent approach to lessen the size of your masseter muscles and regain normal face proportions.

Normal jaw movement does not usually result in masseter muscle hypertrophy. However, as you work out your muscles, they grow in size, and the masseter muscles are no exception. Clenching and grinding your teeth are two of the most typical habits that contribute to masseter muscle development. These may be done when you’re stressed or even while you’re asleep.

These habits are difficult to detect and much more difficult to forget. Botox injections will relax your masseter muscle, potentially relieving teeth grinding and clenching.

By inhibiting the action of the masseter muscle, Botox injections assist to relax it. When the muscle is injected, it might cease working too hard and putting too much pressure. After your treatment, you will be able to chew, move your jaw, and make typical facial expressions.

When the muscle is no longer strained, it can shrink back to its usual size. This will enhance your face’s proportions and balance, giving your chin a leaner look. This therapy can make women’s lower faces appear smaller and more feminine.

What is Masseter Botox?

Masseter botox refers to botox injections used to decrease the masseter muscle in order to sculpt the face. Masseter botox is used to treat teeth grinding, clenching, and jaw tightness. One of the key chewing muscles is the masseter. The teeth are clenched together. When you eat, chew gum, or grind your teeth, you utilize the masseter muscle. The masseter, like other muscles, becomes stronger as it is exercised. 

Grinding teeth can cause masseter muscles to overgrow. Bruxism is the medical term for teeth grinding or clenching. During sleep, many people grind their teeth unintentionally. This can cause tooth wear as well as migraines, jaw discomfort, and jaw rigidity. 

Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ) and tension-type headaches can also cause masseter discomfort. Botox injections into the masseters have been found to considerably alleviate pain in certain cases. 

Each masseter muscle receives three to four injections. Injections can be given directly intramuscularly when the muscles are tense. For a day or two following treatment, you may experience discomfort and muscular tightness. Although anesthesia is not usually necessary, local anesthetic may be desirable in rare instances. The patient can resume his routine activities soon following the application.

The Most Effective Method for Reducing Jaw Contraction: Masseter Botox

the most effective method for reducing

Botox is mostly utilized in the cosmetic industry to eliminate wrinkles and creases. Other off-label usage, on the other hand, are becoming increasingly popular. Botox for masseter muscles is one of them. If you have a noticeable jaw line, headache, toothache, or earache as a result of persistent grinding or jaw contraction, masseter botox can help. 

Botulinum toxin type A is injected into the masseter muscles of the lower jaw in a non-surgical procedure known as masseter Botox. When the jaw is constricted, masseters form on the sides of the face. The neurotoxin injected inhibits the neurons that provide impulses to the muscles, causing the muscles to relax. The patient can still chew, but masseter movement is restricted, and the jaw shrinks as activity decreases.

Patients can benefit from masseter botox for the following reasons:

  • The square, projecting chin is thinned off.
  • Preventing spontaneous tooth grinding (bruxism
  • Reducing the possibility of discomfort caused by teeth grinding
  • Jaw contractions are relieved.

If the square look of the chin is attributable to the person’s bone structure, masseter botox therapy will not provide effects. Only when the hyperactive masseter muscles induce form change and gain clarity does masseter botox have the ability to narrow the chin.

Women who are pregnant or lactating, those who have a skin infection in the region where the therapy is intended, those with bleeding issues, and those with neuromuscular abnormalities are not candidates for masseter botox. 

Alcohol and nicotine should be avoided for 24 hours following a masseter botox injection. A cold compress should be administered to the treatment area if there is redness, bruising, or swelling. For the first four hours following the injection, you should not lie down. It is critical not to apply any pressure to the application area. Exercise should be avoided during the first 24 hours following the injection, as should heated surroundings such as Turkish baths and saunas.

Botox injections lower the activity of the masseter muscle and, as a result, its size. It is possible to get a thinner jaw after treatment, as well as a reduction in teeth grinding and pain caused by hyperactive jaw muscles.

Following the masseter botox injection, patients feel an improvement in the activity of the jaw muscles. The benefits of masseter botox injection and enhancement of jaw line contours, on the other hand, usually manifest during the first week after the treatment. Botox injections into the masseter muscle reduce bruxism while also generating a thinner, sculpted jawline and a more feminine face shape. Injections diminish muscle density by giving the lower face a “V” or more contoured look.


Op. Dr. Evren Tevfik İşçi

Plastik cerrahi alanında ülkemizin prestijli eğitim kurumlarının başında gelen Hacettepe Üniversitesi Plastik Cerrahi Bölümü’nden uzmanlığını alan Evren Tevfik İşçi; samimi ve sıcak bir ortamda her hasta için kişinin ihtiyacına özel çözümler sunmaktadır.Op. Dr. Evren Tevfik İşçi’nin estetik ve plastik cerrahi kliniğinde; herhangi bir prosedürün başarısı için çok önemli olan açık iletişim üzerine güçlü bir doktor – hasta ilişkisi kurulur.

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