Botulinum toxin, commonly referred to as Botox, is a neurotoxin that when administered to the face through injection, paralyzes facial muscles. This works by blocking nerve signals that tell the muscles to contract. Botox is a temporary injectable that lasts for about 3-6 months.
This lack of muscle contraction can reduce unwanted fine lines and wrinkles but can also be an effective treatment for unwanted pain and strain caused by bruxism and TMJ. If you’re interested in Botox to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or control symptoms of bruxism & TMJ, contact us at Harmony Dentistry today to schedule an appointment.
It’s important to wait at least 2 weeks before getting a touch-up of Botox because it may not have come into full effect yet.
Dr. Jessica Barton will discuss your goals with you and determine if Botox is the best course of action. For TMJ and Bruxism, we may advise you to get a mouthguard before resorting to Botox or in addition to the Botox injections.
We will perform an oral exam and take x-rays of your mouth to look for signs of TMJ and to make sure there is no active tooth decay or gum disease.
We will administer Botox to the desired areas to reduce the appearance of wrinkles. To control pain and jaw contractions, we will inject the neurotoxin into your forehead, temple, and jaw muscles.
You will be advised not to touch your face for the rest of the day and to sit up straight for several hours following your appointment. It can take up to 2 weeks for Botox to come into full effect.
Bruxism is the unconscious clenching or grinding of the teeth that can cause tooth damage, tooth pain, and jaw pain. TMJ is a condition of the temporomandibular joint which causes limited mobility of the jaw, jaw pain, and headaches.
By injecting Botox into the facial muscles responsible for contracting the jaw muscles, we can reduce teeth grinding, jaw and tooth pain, headaches, and lockjaw. Botox blocks the signals that tell the jaw to contract, which prevents jaw clenching and grinding of the teeth.
Botox relaxes muscles to prevent their contraction. This prevents your face from making expressions that can cause wrinkles and fine lines. Botox can be used to reduce high lip lines, crows feet, frown lines, forehead wrinkles.
Botox is often used in combination with dermal fillers to achieve the most youthful appearance.