The cosmetic benefits of Botox are well known, but Botox can now be used therapeutically to treat dental and facial muscle issues. Dentists are experts on the architecture of the oral cavity as well as the muscles that are used for chewing and facial expression. Botox therapy is a great option if you suffer from jaw joint issues, pain with muscles of the face and neck, tension headaches, and if you have concerns with the wear on your teeth. Only your dentist is equipped to be able to provide you with a comprehensive treatment of these issues. In addition, when it comes to cosmetic dentistry, your dentist can use Botox and fillers to esthetically enhance your smile design.
Treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorders (TMD)
Botox can assist in the treatment of headaches, ear pain and facial pain generated by the jaw joint and the associated muscles. Tiny injections of Botox are placed in the overactive muscles that influence the jaw joint and lead to discomfort and pain. Botox therapy should definitely be considered if other treatment modalities have not worked.
To Reduce Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
Many dentists use Botox to help reduce teeth grinding, also known as Bruxism. Specific doses of Botox are used to target the muscles of chewing. Once these muscles are relaxed, the biting force is decreased leading to less wear on the teeth. In addition, by targeting these areas we can recontour the jaw line and improve facial esthetics.
Those who suffer from tension type headaches often find relief after a Botox treatment. Patients find that the frequency and intensity of the headaches decreases significantly. Most importantly, Botox not only targets headache triggering muscles but it also has a pain blocking mechanism and reduces the perception of pain!
If you suffer from any of the previously mentioned issues, or would like to learn more about Botox injections, contact Drs. Heidary and Ghoreshi Family Dentistry today.