BotoxBotox has been used to diminish facial wrinkles caused by muscle activity for years. In addition to cosmetic uses, Botox can be used for therapeutic treatments as well. Botox can be used to reduce pain associated with TMJ symptoms such as headaches, earaches, and jaw pain. Botox is a safe treatment with little to no effect on returning to your normal routine. In order to administer Botox, additional training and certification must be completed. Dentists that are certified in Botox are uniquely qualified for providing Botox treatment due to their extensive training in the head and neck region.
How does Botox work?
Botox is a protein that when injected, blocks the signal telling the muscle to contract, thus relaxing the muscle.
Uses for Botox
1. TMJ Syndrome
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) syndrome is a disorder that affects the muscles and the nerves of the jaw. TMJ syndrome can cause a lot of pain and discomfort when left untreated. TMJ syndrome is commonly caused by clenching or grinding of teeth, especially at night or during periods of stress. Botox is used to specifically target the muscles that are activated during clenching and grinding without affecting normal functions. Dentists have extensive knowledge of the TMJ, making them highly skilled at managing and treating TMJ symptoms.
2. Reduce or Eliminate Wrinkles
Dynamic wrinkles are caused by facial muscles that move while making expressions such as smiling, squinting, and frowning. Botox diminishes wrinkles by reducing activity in the muscles responsible for creating creases or wrinkles in the skin. The reduction of muscle activity causes the wrinkles to soften, creating a smooth appearance. Common areas that are treated include the forehead, between the eyes (also referred to as the “11s”), around the eyes (also referred to as “crow’s feet”),
and around the mouth.
What to Expect During Botox Treatment
Prior to administering Botox, the dentist will complete an evaluation of the muscles and determine the patient’s suitability for treatment. The Botox injections take 10-20 minutes to prepare and administer. Treatment is tailored to each individual patient to ensure natural looking results. Following treatment, you may resume most normal activities. It is recommended to avoid strenuous activities such as exercising for a few hours following treatment. You must also avoid touching or rubbing the Botox injection sites for four hours following treatment.
How Long Before Botox Works?
It typically takes 2-10 days to see the desired effects from Botox.
How Long Does Botox Last?
Results vary from patient to patient, but Botox typically lasts for three months.