Botox is a drug that relaxes muscles and is most often used to reduce wrinkles on the skin. Botox is derived from a bacterium, clostridium botulinum, that can be found in many different natural subtraces. Usually, botox injections are given as a small dose that lasts temporarily.
Botox is not only used for cosmetic procedures but also to treat certain oral conditions. Botox can be used for two purposes in dentistry:
Cosmetic: Botox improves the aesthetics of the face. It is used in dentistry to help reshape and enhance your smile. Botox can eradicate lip lines and wrinkles to make you feel more confident when you smile. Botox can also help treat high lip lines that show your gums when you smile.
Pain Relief: Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD) can cause pain. Botox can be injected into the muscles that cause your teeth to grind during sleep. It helps prevent damage associated with teeth grinding. Botox can also be effective at relaxing muscles that can cause headaches and general facial pain from TMD.
How Long Does Botox Last?
The average amount of time you can expect Botox to last is about four months. Some factors can make a difference when determining how long your Botox injection treatment results will last:
The area in which the injections are given
How many times you have already undergone the procedure
Whether you are having other procedures performed
To keep receiving the benefits of Botox treatment, you will need to return to our office for treatment every few months. While this schedule may seem annoying to some, those experiencing TMJ pain can benefit from relief for a few months while they seek a more permanent treatment.
What Are the Benefits of Botox?
The cosmetic benefits of Botox are already well-known, but pain-relief uses for Botox are also immensely beneficial. This is because dentists are experts in the muscle and bone architecture of the face. Their unique training and experience equip them with the ability to achieve more precise and natural-looking results using Botox.
With Botox, we can treat problems related to your oral health. Botox can offer relief for:
Headache pain resulting from muscle tension in the head, face, and neck
Persistent clenching and grinding of the teeth
“Gummy” smiles due to over-retracted upper lips
Lip lines and puckered chins
If you are unsure whether Botox can benefit you, call us today to schedule an appointment with our dentists! We can help answer any questions or concerns you might have about the Botox treatment.
The muscle tension caused by TMD in the jaw muscle can be very severe. Patients who get migraines or jaw tension from TMD may benefit from Botox.
TMJ pain—also referred to as TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder)—is frequently associated with a deep ache in the muscle, along with a popping sound when the patient opens or closes their mouth. Clenching your teeth and jaw can also lead to tension headaches.
So how does Botox resolve these symptoms? Our dentists will carefully inject the Botox into the large masseter muscle. It will restrict the muscles and thus reduce the pain a patient may feel. Botox enters the nerve endings around where it is injected and blocks the release of chemicals involved in pain transmissions.
TMD Treatment In Suwanee, GA
Botox is not a treatment for TMD, but it can offer some relief for TMD symptoms. We offer other, more permanent forms of TMD treatment at Sugarloaf Signature Dentistry:
Get the Results You Need through Our Botox Treatment!
Whether you need cosmetic improvement or relief from tension or headaches, Botox might be the simple solution you need! Call us today to meet with our certified dentists and see if Botox can help you look and feel your best.