You are probably familiar with Botox to treat wrinkles and fine lines, but did you know that dentists use Botox injections as well? In Midtown East, Dr. Chern and the New York General Dentistry team use Botox to treat TMJ or temporomandibular joint disorder. If you suffer from frequent headaches, limited jaw movement, or jaw pain, continue reading to learn more about how Botox could help you find relief

How Does Botox for TMJ Pain Work?

TMJ or TMD (temporomandibular joint disorder) pain is caused by issues with the masseter and temporalis muscles of the jaw, which can include teeth grinding, constrained muscles, or muscle spasticity. Botox can be carefully injected into these muscles to relax them, relieving pain, inhibited jaw movement, headaches, or clicking caused by TMJ. The active ingredient in Botox is botulinum toxin, which is known as a neuromodulator. This works to block nerve receptors in the muscles, temporarily reducing their movement. Typically, Botox injections are recommended in conjunction with other TMJ treatments such as massage and nightguards.

What is the Botox for TMJ Procedure Like?

When you choose Botox for TMJ in Midtown East, Dr. Chern will first carefully evaluate the jaw area and do a full muscle and TMJ evaluation to access the best treatment and areas to administer the Botox  In most cases, a series of injections throughout the facial muscles, including the jaw, temple, and forehead, are used to ensure effective results. The needles used to complete Botox injections are very small, so anesthesia is not necessary. Immediately after your injections, you may have some slight swelling, redness, or soreness, which can be alleviated with an ice pack. Otherwise, you can return to your normal routine immediately but should take care to avoid strenuous activity like exercise for about 24 hours to prevent bruising. It is also important to avoid rubbing or putting pressure on your face to prevent the Botox from migrating to unintended areas. Botox results are usually noticeable about 5-7 days after your treatment with maximum result at 30 days.How Long Does Botox for TMJ Last?

Botox is not permanent, because the muscles will regenerate nerve receptors and regain full, natural movement over time. Typically, your Botox for TMJ results will last about 4-6 months. After this time has passed, you can return to New York General Dentistry for maintenance Botox injections. Dr. Chern will make a recommendation for how frequently you should receive repeated injections for your TMJ. Typically, patients find that their results last longer as they continue to receive maintenance Botox injections.

Choosing Your TMJ Dentist in Midtown East

While Botox for TMJ is becoming more widespread, not all dentists will offer this procedure. Achieving the intended results without causing complications requires training and experience with Botox that not all dentists have. Dr. Chern has the experience necessary to understand when Botox is your best option for finding relief from TMJ. Midtown East TMJ patients can put their trust in Dr. Chern’s expertise when it comes to treating their symptoms using Botox.

Schedule a Consultation for Botox for TMJ in Midtown East

To learn more about Botox for TMJ, schedule a consultation at New York General Dentistry in Midtown East. Call our office at (212) 838-0842 or contact us online to set up your first appointment.

If you’re frustrated with visible white spots on your teeth (especially after having braces removed), you’re not alone. White spots have a variety of causes, but it likely feels as tho your white spots are the first thing people see when you smile. Up until recently, the best way to get rid of white spots was through drilling and removing the affected tooth structure. Now, there’s a groundbreaking alternative that means you don’t have to worry about uncomfortable drilling or numbing. Here’s what to know about your options for white spot removal in Midtown East and how my team can help.

What Are White Spots on the Teeth?

White spots on the teeth are areas where the enamel has weakened for a variety of reasons. Although one of the most common reasons is orthodontic devices like braces (and the bacteria buildup that can occur under or around the brackets), they can also be caused by factors like your diet or certain conditions like enamel hypoplasia or fluorosis. Most times, white spots are not dangerous to your health. But, if they’re caused by an underlying bad habit or health concern, it’s worth a trip to your general dentist.

How Do I Get Rid of White Spots on My Teeth?

You’ll likely find advice online about how to remove white spots at home, but these can be ineffective at best. It’s always best to see your dentist about cosmetic dental procedures since they can make sure your smile stays safe (and you don’t waste your money!)

For many patients, their first thought is teeth whitening to remove white spots – or at least make them less visible. Unfortunately, whitening can work against you and make white spots more obvious. That’s why it’s important to see your dentist about targeted treatment to only those affected areas.

Although preventing them from forming in the first place is an effective way to do away with white spots, that may not always be an option. Fortunately, at New York General Dentistry, I offer ICON White Spot Removal, which is a professional-grade treatment that removes white spots without pain or drilling.

What Can I Expect with ICON White Spot Removal?

In the past, white spots were removed by methods such as abrading the white spot, drilling out and replacing it with tooth-colored resin or putting a veneer over the tooth. ICON White Spot Removal is a resin infiltration treatment that “fills in” the white spots, or de-calcified areas of the teeth. During treatment, a specialized etching solution is placed on the teeth and removed until the white area is minimized, and then a resin infiltrant is placed and cured. There’s no need for numbing or drilling, and it’s completed within a one-hour appointment.

We haven’t been this excited about a minimally invasive procedure with impressive results in a long time. ICON uses micro-invasive technology to smooth the tooth surface and treat proximal cavities. I recently used it on my office manager’s white spots on her two front upper teeth – with impressive results. The whole procedure took less than 45 minutes with no pain, no downtime, and most importantly… NO drilling.

Meet with My Manhattan Team

My team and I are excited to offer this new solution to white spots at our Midtown East practice. Feel free to call for more information or to schedule your appointment online or call us at (212) 838-0842 to get started!