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When people hear the word Botox, they usually think of wrinkle treatment and cosmetic procedures. But Botox injections can also have life-changing benefits when used to treat the pain and headaches caused by teeth grinding (bruxism) or temporomandibular joint disorder.

Botox has a long history of treating both cosmetic and medical issues. It received FDA approval for its first therapeutic use in 1989 as a treatment for strabismus (crossed eyes) and blepharospasm (eyelid spasms).

Botox went on to receive FDA approval as a treatment for many other disorders and continues to be one of the most widely researched treatments of its kind. New uses, such as those administered by dentists like Dr. Chern, are discovered yearly, providing a natural and effective solution for people suffering from muscle tension, chronic headaches, and more.

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What is Botox and How Does It Work?

Botox is the trademarked name for a formula that utilizes botulinum toxin A as its active ingredient. Botulinum toxin A has been studied for decades since being identified as a product of the bacterium Clostridium botulinum in the early 1920s.

Put simply, dental Botox treatment works by dulling the signals that control muscle movement around the site where it is injected, relaxing overactive muscles. More specifically, botulinum toxin A is a neurotoxin that binds to nerve endings and prevents the flow of acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter responsible for stimulating muscles to contract. By limiting the flow of acetylcholine, muscle activity is inhibited but not completely paralyzed, allowing some movement while reducing hyperactivity.

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What Can Dental Botox Treat?

When administered by a dental professional like Dr. Inna Chern, Botox is a natural and highly effective dental and cosmetic treatment that can aid in muscle clenching and temporomandibular joint disorder or even correct a gummy smile. As experts in facial and oral anatomy, dentists like Dr. Chern are a great choice for safely and effectively treating patients’ therapeutic and aesthetic needs with Botox treatment.

If you’re experiencing facial pain in the forehead, cheeks, or temple area, Botox may be an ideal dental treatment able to help relieve the symptoms by relaxing the muscles causing pain. In cases of chronic headaches and facial pain, failing to address the underlying cause—muscle tension—means the condition will continue to worsen, leading to more pain and potentially causing dental problems like teeth grinding or lockjaw. However, you can experience quick and substantial relief with Botox administered by Dr. Chern at New York General Dentistry.

Botox provides unique benefits compared to conventional treatment options. It begins working in as little as 72 hours and is effective for up to four months on average between treatment sessions. In addition, treatment is simple, noninvasive, and cost-effective yet can provide significant patient results.

Temporomandibular Joint Disorder

The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) connects the lower jaw to the skull, and its motion is controlled by the masseter and temporalis muscles. TMJ disorder (TMD) can exhibit a variety of symptoms, though it usually causes pain in the jaw and head and sometimes results in muscle stiffness, inhibited jaw movement, lockjaw, or clicking and popping of the joint itself. Factors such as teeth grinding, external stressors or muscle spasticity can worsen TMD symptoms.

Dr. Chern uses Botox as a remedy for TMD, bringing relief to patients who suffer from face and jaw pain by treating the constricted muscles that are the root cause of the issue. With strategic injections in the temporalis and masseter muscles, Botox relaxes the tense facial muscles to eliminate symptoms of TMD.

Bruxism (Teeth Grinding) and Clenching

Whether it happens during the day or night, teeth grinding and clenching can quickly become a serious dental problem, causing tooth wear and broken teeth. Botox can be used to relax tight jaw muscles, prevent clenching that leads to grinding, and relieve any residual pain from excess jaw tension.

Gummy Smile

One of Botox’s aesthetic benefits is reducing the amount of gum tissue that shows when a person smiles. If you feel your smile reveals too much of your upper gums, Botox can help reduce the appearance of a gummy smile by temporarily softening the muscle response of the muscles around the mouth responsible for smiling, allowing your upper lip to cover the gum line better.

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What age should I start Botox?

When youre in pain or experiencing bruxism (tooth grinding), the right age is now. Botox is FDA approved for use in adults over the age of 18 for many uses.

Are there side effects to Botox?

The most common side effects people experience after Botox injections are bruising, swelling, and redness in the injected area. These dissipate within 72 hours or less.

How often should you get Botox?

Patients being treated for conditions such as temporomandibular joint disorder should come back for maintenance injections every three to four months, whenever the Botox wears off.

How does Botox work?

Botox inhibits the activity of a neurotransmitter that is a part of the nerve signaling process that engages muscle activity. By reducing the activity of muscles, Botox has a targeted effect in relieving tension or alleviating wrinkles.

What happens when Botox wears off?

Botox is temporary and typically lasts about three or four months per treatment. When it wears off, people may begin to experience their jaw-clenching symptoms gradually or notice that their smile is back to its former appearance.

How can Botox help at the dentist?

Botox can be administered by well-qualified dentists like Dr. Chern for treating issues such as TMJ disorder, teeth grinding, or as a lip flip procedure for reducing an overly gummy smile.

Can Botox treat TMJ pain?

Yes, Botox can relax the muscles leading to the symptoms of TMJ disorders.

What is a Botox lip flip?

When injected strategically into the upper lip, Botox helps relax the muscles that pull it up and away when you smile, helping the lip to stay higher and more prominent.

Can Botox be used for more than wrinkles?

Yes, there are several different FDA-approved uses for Botox, including treating eye spasms, migraine relief, excessive sweating and even incontinence.

How long does Botox last?

Botox usually lasts for three to four months depending on the amount injected, the location of injection, and the metabolic rate of the patient.

What should I not do after Botox?

After a Botox appointment, be sure to avoid rubbing the face, lying on the face, strenuous exercise, alcohol consumption, and direct exposure to sun and heat.

Can I drink coffee after Botox?

It is advised that patients avoid caffeine for 24-48 hours after Botox treatment. This is because it may lead to increased swelling or irritation.

What should I avoid before Botox?

Before your Botox appointment, avoid drinking wine and taking anti-inflammatory medications.

Can you feel when Botox starts working?

Once Botox begins to work, you could feel the muscles relax. In one to two weeks, you will notice the maximum benefits of Botox.

Where does Botox go when it wears off?

The body metabolizes Botox through the liver and kidney excretion.

Who should not get Botox?

Individuals with blood clotting or thinning disorders, those who are in poor general health, or those who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not get Botox.

Learn More About Botox for Dental Pain Relief

If you deal with chronic jaw tension or teeth grinding, Botox may help. With non-surgical treatments, you can get relief from the pain and headaches caused by overactive facial muscles. To find out if Botox can make a difference in your life and health, contact us today. Dr. Chern has the experience and knowledge you can trust to provide excellent, personalized dental care, including the use of Botox. Call us at 212.838.0842 or fill out our online form to schedule your consultation today.

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