By now, most people have heard of Botox as a cosmetic treatment for reducing wrinkles and other signs of aging. However, this revolutionary technology has shown promise in other areas as well. It is often used to treat pain and other symptoms. For dentists, Botox has proven to be a powerful tool for relieving pain caused by temporomandibular joint disorder or TMJ. Here are a few facts about how we use Botox to help patients experience symptom relief and enjoy more pleasing smiles.
Why Do Dentists Use Botox for TMJ?
Although people often associate cosmetic dentistry with teeth and gums, the practice goes quite a bit deeper. TMJ pain is typically felt in the lower face, an area where dentists have expertise. Although there are a number of treatments available for alleviating TMJ pain, Botox provides a potential breakthrough solution for lessening symptoms. Even better, relief often occurs the day of treatment or shortly thereafter, and it can last for up to six months. It’s also worth noting that Botox can treat a wide range of symptoms and conditions. For example, orofacial pain and even some types of headaches can often be treated by our dental team with botox.
How Does Botox Help TMJ?
Botox is uniquely able to cause muscles to relax, and it’s able to last for significantly longer than other treatments. This means our patients don’t need to worry about pills or other maintenance. Although it doesn’t strictly treat the source of TMJ, pain and other symptoms are often exacerbated by grinding your teeth at night, which Botox can significantly lessen.
You’ve put a lot of work into your smile, so why not take steps to make the most of it? Our use of Botox helps us give patients their ideal smiles. Botox is particularly helpful for patients with a smile that appears a bit “gummy.” By using Botox to relax muscles around the upper lip, patients can enjoy a more aesthetically pleasing smile without having to resort to other types of treatment. Botox also excels at reducing the appearance of wrinkles around the lips, particularly while you smile. Again, Botox lasts for quite a while, letting you enjoy your new smile for months and seeing instant results.
A Tested Treatment
Although Botox might seem relatively new, the technology has been in use since its FDA approval in 1989. Our Boston cosmetic dentist will help you determine the best course of treatment and whether Botox can be the right solution for relieving your TMJ pain or achieving your perfect smile. Feel free to contact us to learn more.