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 it's 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.
What are the benefits of therapeutic Botox ?
Reduce muscle tension
Help to reduce headaches or pain associated with bite problems, such as TMJ
Provide relief from muscle pain related to grinding or clenching of teeth
Treats high lip lines or "gummy" smiles
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 mastication 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.
Common questions asked by our patients
How much is therapeutic Botox? The price for Botox depends on each individual patient and the amount of units being used. A consultation is recommended to determine the cost and to plan specifically for your needs.
Are these Botox injections painful? Dr. Cardenas always ensures her patients are as comfortable as possible our clinical staff will provide you with a cold compress to numb the area, or numbing cream prior to injection . Patients often describe the pain as a prick or sting, usually not uncomfortable.
How long will these injections last? Treatment will last 3-4 months. We recommend a follow up visit two weeks after treatment is completed.
If you are experiencing any of these symptoms or would like more information about this topic, please call our office at 781-235-1900.