What is Botox?
Botox (Botulinum Toxin) is a purified protein that can be used in dentistry. When injected into the facial muscles, it releases neurotoxins, preventing the muscles from contracting and helping them relax.
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Therapeutic Uses of Botox
Using Botox, our dentists provide the following therapeutic treatments:
- Treatment of Jaw Pain or TMJ Pain
Botox for clenching or grinding may be a good option for patients who are unable to tolerate or unwilling to wear a night guard while they sleep.
Botox treatment may also be a good option for patients who have recurring jaw or TMJ pain despite wearing a night guard.
The Botox is injected in the facial muscles that are involved in clenching or grinding to relax the muscles, relieving the stress and strain that causes pain in the jaw and TMJ.
- Treatment of Headaches
Many people suffer from various headaches including migraines or migraine-like headaches due to their bite or because of clenching or grinding.
Botox treatment may be effective in reducing or eliminating certain types of headaches.
- Prevention of Daytime Teeth Damage
Even though a night guard may be very effective and well tolerated for most patients who clench or grind their teeth, it is usually not practical to wear an appliance during the day.
Unfortunately, patients who have a tendency to clench or grind during the night will likely clench or grind during the day as well.
Botox treatment is able to relax the jaw muscles to help reduce the tendency to break teeth or dental restorations like fillings and caps.