Many people suffer from mild to moderate facial pain, caused by migraines, headaches, stress, their bite or TMJ syndrome, which is an irregularity in your jaw joint that sits in front of the ears that allows for the opening and closing of the mouth.
Your specific diagnosis, or the severity of your condition, will determine the amount of Botox treatments you may require.
How Botox Works as a Dental Therapy
Botox is an FDA approved purified protein that works like a therapeutic muscle relaxant to ease tension in the facial area. In fact, using half the dosage that is typically used for facial wrinkle smoothing, Botox can significantly treat conditions that cause facial pain by reducing muscle contractions.
Depending upon your condition, our dentists will inject Botox into the affected areas of your head or neck muscles to help reduce or eliminate any facial pain. These Botox injections work to block the various nerve signals that cause muscles to contract, which relaxes these muscles to reduce the tension.
The injections take only a few minutes and typically remain effective for up to three months or longer. Following the treatment, many patients should begin to notice results within 3 to 14 days.
After 90 days, patients who re-experience any facial pain may benefit from a series of Botox treatments, which can retrain the muscles in the affected areas to relax. This will help remedy issues with facial pain for longer periods of time. Because the treatment helps reduce facial tension, many patients lose the habit of grinding or clenching their teeth after 2 to 3 treatments.
Besides helping you feel better, the Botox injections may also provide noticeable improvements to your facial aesthetics, such as reduced wrinkles around your mouth and face or even a slimmer jawline.
While Botox dental treatments are very safe, the treatment is a medical treatment, so our dentists will go over your dental and health history, as well as discuss any possible risks or side effects with you during a pre-consultation for the treatment.
Please schedule a consultation with us today to learn more on how our Botox therapy treatments may work for you.