Botox is a neuromodulator that blocks nerve signals to the muscles in your face. The FDA approved the use of Botox for moderate-to-severe chronic migraine headaches in adults who haven’t had success with other forms of treatment. Skin specialists use it to decrease the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the face and neck in patients. Dentists sometimes use Botox to block the release of saliva when patients suffer from severe dry mouth or xerostomia. And sometimes, it is also prescribed to ease temporomandibular joint disorder pain by relaxing the muscles in the face that create this discomfort. Your dentist can discuss the different uses of Botox with you at your consultation appointment.
When you come in for your procedure, your dentist will inject the Botox into the areas targeted for treatment. These injections are relatively painless, meaning you won’t feel any needles being pierced by your skin. You may notice some slight temporary pain at the injection site. You should avoid massaging the area afterward, as this could cause the Botox to migrate to an unwanted area. You should wait around two weeks to see the full effects of the Botox injection. After this time, you should schedule a follow-up appointment with your dentist.
At your follow-up appointment, your dentist may examine your results to determine if you need additional treatments. Keep in mind that results may vary from patient to patient. On average, patients need to receive about 3 to 4 Botox treatments over a period of several months to achieve their desired results. Each treatment should last up to 12 months.
To treat teeth grinding, Botox is injected into the muscles that control the teeth. This prevents the nerves from transmitting signals to the brain that cause the jaw to close. Since the jaw isn’t clenched at night, there is no pressure on the teeth, and they won’t wear down as quickly. This treatment can also prevent muscle tension headaches caused by teeth grinding.
If you’re considering getting Botox treatments for your teeth grinding, it’s a good idea to get a thorough examination first. Your dentist will be able to tell you if your teeth are wearing down too quickly or if there are other issues causing your bruxism.
Reach out to Dr. Best at our Newton or Andover offices now for a consultation. Call us at (973) 383-5700 or (973) 786-5588 or schedule an appointment online and have all your queries about Botox answered.