For close to two decades now, Botox has been used to erase wrinkles and smile lines. But did you know Botox is also used to manage pain related to temporomandibular disorders and teeth clenching? The use of Botox isn’t limited to cosmetic purposes. Over the years, Botox has gained application in dentistry too.
Here at Roman Dental Arts, we’re excited to offer Botox for TMD, jaw clenching, migraines, and gummy smiles. Temporomandibular disorders occur if the health of the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is compromised.
The TMJ is a crucial joint that connects your jaw to your skull, allowing you to chew, speak, yawn, etc. TMJ dysfunction may be triggered by stress, arthritis, and injury, among others. TMD, clenching, and migraines are often interlinked.
Botox, also known as Botulinum toxin, is a purified protein derived from the bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum. Botox is a neurotoxic protein, which means that it inhibits or alters the function of the nervous system.
When injected in small amounts, Botox inhibits muscle movement by causing temporary muscle paralysis. Reducing muscle activity decreases muscle tension. Additionally, Botox blocks the chemicals that transmit pain, providing effective pain relief from migraines. Botox corrects gummy smiles by restricting the muscles that cause the upper lip to rise too high.
Our dentist in Hackensack, NJ, begins by evaluating your symptoms and health to determine your suitability for Botox therapy. A Botox treatment session typically lasts between 10 and 30 minutes, depending on your needs. Before your treatment session, our dentist near you may recommend staying away from alcohol and blood-thinning medications for 24 hours.
On the day of Botox treatment, our dentist maps the treatment areas. Then, using a microneedle, the dentist injects the Botox into the pre-determined areas. The dentist may use a topical numbing cream to numb the treatment areas prior to the injection. Botox treatment is minimally invasive and virtually painless—most patients report a pin-prick sensation during treatment.
While you’re likely to feel the Botox effects almost immediately, long-term pain relief requires multiple treatment sessions spread over several months.
Thanks to dental Botox treatment, patients battling TMD, migraines, jaw clenching, and gummy smiles now have a great way of solving these problems non-invasively. Please call Roman Dental Arts to schedule your dental Botox treatment session.