The use of Botox is for more than fine lines and wrinkles, this minimally-invasive procedure shows results in the management of muscle-generated dental diseases like Temporomandibular disorders (better known as TMJ), bruxism, and clenching.
Botox can help with Jaw Pain
How Does Botox Help Your Smile?
What do you think of when you hear the word “Botox”? You may think of facial treatments or plastic surgery. More than likely, you probably haven’t associated Botox with dentistry and oral health.
Surprisingly enough, Botox can help your oral health and the appearance of your smile in several ways, including:
- Teeth grinding
- TMJ & other muscle-generated dental diseases
- High lip lines resulting in a “toothy” or “gummy” smile
How Can Botox for TMJ Treatment Help?
Botox for TMJ treatment can be injected into your masseter muscle which is a muscle that helps you chew. It is located on each side of your face and connects your cheekbone to your mandible. Which is another reason you’ll hear people refer to this treatment as Masseter Botox.
When Botox is injected into the masseter muscle it will relax the muscle and decrease the amount of force you place on your jaw and teeth. This will not cause any problems with eating or talking.
Botox is a purified protein that, when injected, attaches to a patient’s nerve endings to inhibit nerve transmission. After a Botox injection, a patient’s facial motions beneath the injection sites will stop temporarily. This effect is especially useful for people who want to stop grinding their teeth. While Botox effects are temporary, they can sometimes last three to four months on average before having to return for another appointment.
Here’s how we typically diagnose TMJ problems at our dental practice:
- Your dental records will be evaluated, if you suspect you may have TMJ disorder.
- We will look for poor bite alignment, joint and muscle tenderness, and any noise that occurs when you move your jaw (clicking, popping, etc).
- Evaluate for unusual signs of wear on your teeth (this can indicate teeth grinding which can lead to TMJ problems).
- Discuss any history of pain that occurs when you chew, or if you have shown lack of range of motion with your jaw.
- If a disorder is suspected, we will thoroughly study your teeth and jaws with dental x-rays to get a clear picture of your teeth and joints.
If your pain is determined to be from clenching and/or grinding, Botox could be used to alleviate these symptoms.
BOTOX® for TMJ
Schedule your Botox for TMJ Treatment at Luff Dental
Did you know that there are more than three million cases of TMJ disorder every year in the United States? For many, this leads to discomfort and jaw stiffness; however, many patients with TMJ disorder are beginning to find relief of their TMJ symptoms with Botox for TMJ Treatment from their dentist.
Dr. Luff offers Botox for TMJ Treatment at her office in Lee’s Summit, MO. Schedule your appointment at Luff Dental to see if you are a candidate for Botox to ease your symptoms of teeth grinding, clenching or TMJ.
Find out if you’re a candidate for Masseter Botox to ease your jaw pain.
ADVANTAGES OF BOTOX
What to Expect
What to expect during & after Masseter Botox
- Your appointment will take approximately 10-15 minutes.
- Discuss your expectations from treatment and determine how much Botox is needed.
- Treatment typically consists of 2-4 injection points.
- After treatment you will need to avoid exercising for 24 hours, rubbing the area or placing pressure on the treated areas.
- Botox can take up to 7 days before the full effect is noticed, but some patients see a difference in as little as 3 days.
- It is important to understand that Botox is a temporary treatment that lasts between 3-6 months and in the beginning you may need to have treatment more frequently.
Our team can help relieve your jaw pain from Bruxism, teeth clenching and grinding.
“I hate going to the dentist but Johnna and Dr. Luff were both very friendly and comforting during the whole process. I’m so glad I found this dental office and would recommend it to everyone!”
— Dallas C.