Can Dental Botox Treat Headaches?

tmj pain can be treated with botox, learn more from dental partners of boston
Often thought of as purely cosmetic, Botox is actually a useful tool for treating migraine headaches. Your Boston cosmetic dentist at Dental Partners of Boston can apply Botox to the muscles around your head and neck to reduce migraine headaches. Dental Botox works by treating your headaches’ underlying symptom: TMJ (temperomandibular joint) disorder.

What is TMJ Disorder?

There are many types of TMJ disorder, but generally speaking, TMJ disorders involve the muscles around the head, neck, face, and outer jaw. These muscles become chronically tight, stressed or overworked, which results in facial pain and migraine headaches. Unfortunately, it is difficult to determine the exact cause of TMJ disorder because there are many factors that contribute to it including:

  • Genetic problems
  • Prior jaw injury
  • Arthritis
  • Bruxism (the chronic grinding of teeth, either while awake or asleep)

It may be difficult to determine the exact cause of your migraine headache, but dental Botox from Dental Partners of Boston is effective at treating all four of the listed causes above.

How Does Dental Botox Work?

A member of our dental team will talk with you about where you are experiencing your headaches. They then will examine you to find where the best place will be to target the specific muscles along your head and neck to give you optimal relief. The targeted muscles are shallow, so unpleasant deep injections are not necessary. Oddly, nobody is sure exactly how dental Botox fixes migraines, but the treatment has been proven effective for treating chronic headaches.

Another fortunate result of dental Botox is that it can also treat your headaches before they occur. Alternative treatments like prescription medicine only treat the problem once you’re already began suffering from it.

How Will I Know Dental Botox Could Help Me?

When you consider treatment for frequent headaches, we strongly suggest you consult with your primary care physician to rule out any other causes you may have for migraines. However, if you suffer from a migraine headache often enough that it interrupts your life, you may be a candidate for our Boston dental Botox procedure. If you struggle with headaches 15 out of 30 days and are over the age of 18, you are officially eligible to receive dental Botox therapy. We strongly advise you to look into dental Botox if you are tired of constantly taking prescribed medication to combat your headaches.

A dental Botox treatment is easy and comfortable. We will examine your neck and teeth to search for muscle soreness and signs of bruxism, then we will design your custom Botox treatment plan. After it has been applied, you can expect quick results, and start living free of your headaches. Schedule an appointment with Dental Partners of Boston today to look into a Botox treatment.

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