How Is Botox Used In Dentistry?
Primarily, Botox is used in dentistry to treat facial pain. While it’s often thought of as a cosmetic treatment, Botox is very useful for treating facial pain caused by disorders like TMJ/TMD. When injected into facial muscles, Botox partially paralyzes them. This can help promote healing, relieve pain, and create a more even, balanced facial structure. Wondering if dental Botox is right for you? Contact our Souderton dentist at Indian Valley Dental or call (215) 723-5531 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Spencer Grossman.
Did you know…
Even though it’s derived from a toxic source, Botox is treated and processed to make the treatment 100% safe, especially when administered by a trained medical professional like a dentist.
How It Works: The Dental Botox Process
First, you’ll come into Indian Valley Dental to meet with our Souderton cosmetic dentist and find out if dental Botox is right for you. If you’re suffering from issues like TMJ, teeth grinding, or other types of jaw and facial pain, Botox may be the best way to relieve your pain and allow your jaw to heal.
If you’re approved for treatment, our team will develop a treatment plan. You’ll come in for a follow-up, and Dr. Spencer Grossman will inject a very precise amount of Botox into several areas around your face. The specifics will vary depending on your condition and your treatment plan. Botox treatment is pain-free, non-invasive, and takes only a few minutes.
Results and re-treatment
Botox usually takes up to two weeks for full results to set in, so you will need to be patient after your treatment. The effects of Botox also usually last between 3-6 months, so depending on your case, you may also need to come back to our office for another round of injections.
What Can Dental Botox Treat?
TMJ/TMD (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder)
Temporomandibular Jaw Disorder, often called TMJ or TMD for short, is a disorder of the small joints that connect your jaw to your skull. These are located just under your ears. TMJ/TMD can cause severe facial pain, as well as other symptoms like jaw clicking, popping, and migraines.
Botox can be used to selectively paralyze certain muscles in the face, which can promote healing and relieve the pain of TMJ/TMD. If you think you’re suffering from temporomandibular joint disorder, our team is here to help.
Facial And Jaw Pain
Along with TMD/TMJ, Botox can be used to treat various other types of facial and jaw pain. For example, it’s often used to help manage teeth grinding (bruxism). Teeth grinding happens when you clench your teeth together and can cause damage to your teeth. It can happen during the day, but is most common during sleep.
Botox can be injected into the masseter muscle and some other muscles of the jaw. This paralyzes the muscle partially, which helps reduce clenching and grinding, and also helps relieve associated pain.
Similar to standard dental implants, mini implants are about half of the size of a traditional implant. They can be used to restore one tooth or several missing teeth, but mini implants are most commonly used to support a set of dentures in the lower jaw.
Due to their small size, the placement process is not as invasive as traditional implants. Plus, mini implants can usually still be applied in your jaw even if it has been weakened by bone resorption after tooth loss.
Did you know…
Bruxism can also be minimized with Botox treatments by reducing the force of the muscular contractions involved.