Therapeutic Effects of Botox®
While most people are aware of the cosmetic benefits of BOTOX® in reducing lines and wrinkles, many patients are pleasantly surprised to learn about the therapeutic benefits of Botox injections. Patients suffering from TMJ (temporal mandibular joint) pain may experience relief from their symptoms. Botox injections have also been found to relieve tension headaches due to clenching and grinding the teeth.
Commonly referred to as Botox, we offer both BOTOX® and Xeomin®, which are different forms of the prescription drug - Botulinum Toxin Type A. The medicine is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of moderate to severe forehead lines, crow's feet lines, and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.
Bruxism, the medical term for teeth grinding and clenching, may happen while you are asleep or awake and can result in pain and dental problems. Chronic bruxism can lead to headaches, earaches, facial pain, and even migraines. Dental problems resulting from bruxism include loss of tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and flattening and/or chipping of the teeth. Chronic grinding or clenching gives the masseter muscle a physical workout. As the masseter muscle gets larger from bruxism, it may not only cause discomfort but may also lead to the appearance of a square jaw. While use of a nightguard can often reduce the effects of bruxism, for more severe cases of bruxism, treatments with Botox can provide tremendous relief from headaches and jaw soreness by allowing the jaw (masseter) muscle to relax.
Call or text today to schedule a complimentary consultation, or ask us at your next visit if Botox is right for you.