BOTOX and Filler Treatments
If you wake up regularly with headaches or pain and discomfort in your jaw, neck, or shoulders, you may have temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or bruxism. TMJ disorders are characterized by jaw problems, including clicking or popping in the jaw and difficulty opening and closing your mouth. Bruxism, on the other hand, is when you clench or grind your teeth.
Millions of people have either a TMJ disorder or bruxism, and some people have both. If you have one of these problems, you are not alone. However, that does not mean you shouldn’t seek treatment. TMJ disorders can cause patients unnecessary pain when left untreated, and untreated bruxism can lead to tooth damage and sensitivity.
Treating TMJ and Bruxism with BOTOX and Fillers
While many dentists treat TMJ disorders (also called TMD) and bruxism with night guards or splints, which are very helpful, we can also treat TMJ problems and bruxism with BOTOX, which is just a shorter way of saying “botulinum toxin.” The BOTOX or filler is injected into painful problem areas to provide relaxation and relief.
BOTOX treatments are quick and easy, making them a convenient treatment for TMD and bruxism pain. Of course, your specific treatment depends on your situation and your needs. For best results, your dentist may recommend both a night guard and BOTOX or filler treatments.
How Does BOTOX Provide Pain Relief?
BOTOX and filler injections relieve pain caused by TMJ disorders and bruxism by relaxing the muscles in your face, which prevents jaw tension, clenching, and teeth grinding. This muscle relaxation helps to relieve pain in your jaw, neck, and shoulders, in addition to reducing the occurrence of migraines and headaches. It can also help protect your teeth from damage due to pressure or grinding.
BOTOX for Aesthetic Purposes
While BOTOX treatments are proving effective in treating some dental problems, you are probably more familiar with the use of BOTOX and fillers for aesthetic reasons, usually to eliminate wrinkles and fine lines. That is another popular use for the injections. Many people successfully use BOTOX injections to create a younger look and increase their confidence in their appearance.
If you’re interested in BOTOX or filler treatment, please contact us to schedule an evaluation. We will thoroughly examine your situation so we can target the reason for your jaw pain or teeth grinding and begin treatment.
We look forward to welcoming you to our dental practice.