If you suffer from jaw pain or headaches as a result of TMD, or you grind your teeth so much that they’re worn and in danger of becoming damaged, Cosmetic Dentistry Center can help with dental Botox®. The skilled team of dentists provides dental Botox to patients in the Bay Ridge area of Brooklyn, New York. To learn more, call the office today, or schedule an appointment online.
Questions & Answers
Botox Q & A
You’ve probably heard of Botox as a treatment for wrinkles and lines on the face, but you may not realize that dentists use Botox as well. Botox is a medication that relaxes your muscles; it’s used by dentists to relieve temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), as well as bruxism (teeth grinding).
The temporomandibular joint is the hinge that allows your mouth to open and close. The joint is located in front of your ears, where your jaw connects to your skull.
Problems with this hinge joint are sometimes referred to as TMJ, but this refers to the joint itself, not a medical condition. TMD refers to painful disorders that affect the muscles and bones that make up your jaw hinge.
Causes of TMD include:
- Joint misalignment
- Muscle tension
- Teeth clenching
- Teeth grinding
Stressful situations can make TMD worse, while stress-relieving activities may alleviate symptoms of TMD.
If you have TMD, you may experience some of these common symptoms:
- Jaw or face pain
- Pain when chewing
- Difficulty opening your mouth wide
- Jaws that lock in an open or closed position
- Clicking or popping within the jaw joint
- Facial swelling
If you periodically experience an uncomfortable bite or sensation that your upper and lower teeth don’t fit together, it could be a sign that you have TMD.
Botox blocks signals in the nerves that activate the muscles in your jaw, allowing them to relax and release tension. After a dental Botox treatment, you can still open and close your mouth and eat and speak normally. Following your treatment, you’ll notice that your jaw is no longer clenched and you aren’t grinding your teeth during the day or night.
Expect your smile to be lighter and more natural when you aren’t suffering from pain associated with TMD. Botox can prevent your teeth from becoming worn down as a result of teeth grinding so you can preserve your natural teeth for the years ahead.
For more information about how the dental professionals at Cosmetic Dentistry Center use dental Botox to treat pain and teeth grinding, call the office today, or book an appointment online.