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Posted on July 12, 2018 | Categories: Blog
Using Botulinum Toxin (Botox) for therapeutic reasons in Dentistry is becoming more popular. When we think about Botox, the first thought that comes to mind is often how itbs used for cosmetic reasons. However, patients can also take advantage of several therapeutic applications. Two of the most common are; treatment for TMJ pain and Bruxism or teeth grinding
Injectable Botulinum Toxin (Botox) helps block signals from the nerves to the muscle. The injected muscle can no longer contract as forcefully as it typically would after a Botox procedure, which ultimately creates fast relief for muscle tension and pain.
According to the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, evidence has shown that using Botox to treat TMJ has been extremely effective. The temporo-mandibular joint is located where our jawbone meets the skull. Sometimes this joint can become very tender, sore or painful, if overworked. Botox injections in the muscles of masticationB help to alleviate pain and muscle spasms associated with TMJ. Most patients experience noticeable improvements within 1-2 days after there first session of treatment, although it can take up to a week.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or would like more information about this topic, please call our office at 781-235-1900.