Many people suffer from mild to moderate levels of facial pain, whether it is from headaches, migraines, stress, their bite or TMJ dysfunction.
Clenching and grinding can lead to TMD/TMJ, chronic pain and migraines by creating constant pressure on “trigger” areas such as the frontal, temporal, occipital, and nasal zones. Stress leads to an involuntary contracting of the masseter and temporalis, causing tension. The constant compression of these muscles causes involuntary muscle spasms, resulting in chronic headaches or migraines.
Botox relaxes target muscles to prevent them from contracting. Injections into the affected head and neck muscles blocks the nerve signals that cause muscle movements, essentially relaxing the muscles and reducing or eliminating facial pain.
Treatment for TMJ typically takes just a few minutes depending on the number of injections needed. Your specific diagnosis and the severity of your condition will dictate how much Botox you will require. The effects of treatment last for approximately 3 months.
With a series of treatments, Botox can retrain your muscles to relax and you will notice your symptoms resolve for longer periods of time. Many patients lose the habit which accompanies the repetitive grinding or clenching.
Dental professionals are highly trained in the entire anatomy of the head and neck as well as the oral cavity. We can administer your treatments with exceptional accuracy and precision.
Because Botox is a temporary treatment, for your convenience, these treatments can be scheduled to coincide with your routine dental hygiene appointment.