Did you know that the most popular aesthetic enhancement treatment, BOTOX® Cosmetic, is now available at Cosmetic Laser and Dental Spa of Richmond?
Dr. Wilmer has been trained by the American Academy of Facial Esthetics – the leading organization that has set the professional education standards in the area of facial esthetics, facial pain therapy, and sleep medicine. Dr. Wilmer has always been ahead of the curve with the latest technology and is dedicated to improving your overall health.
How Can BOTOX® Improve Your Health?
BOTOX® often makes you think of aging movie stars seeking a more youthful look, but when you look closer, you’ll find that BOTOX® is more than just skin deep and has a lot to offer dentistry.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a 10-minute non-surgical procedure that temporarily relaxes muscles responsible for expression lines on your face. Not only is it very effective at eliminating frown lines, forehead lines, crow’s feet around your eyes, and lip lines, giving you a refreshed, youthful look, but it has a wide range of therapeutic applications as well.
Sleep Bruxism is associated with many other symptoms including, headaches, earaches, facial/jaw pain, TMJ disorder and damaged teeth. 60% of all bruxism cases are related to underlying airway issues including sleep apnea. Commonly linked with other medical conditions, sleep bruxism can affect a patient’s overall quality of life. BOTOX® relaxes the muscles of the jaw enough to stop involuntary grinding of the teeth and clenching of the jaw. This significantly reduces the wear and tear on the teeth and decreases migraines and headaches related to sleep bruxism.
Conditions & Symptoms That Benefit from BOTOX®
If you suffer from:
- Migraines and Headaches
- Sleep Apnea
- Worn or fractured teeth
- Periodontal disease
- Cracked corners of the mouth that get fungal infections
- Worn or broken nightguards
then you are a candidate for BOTOX®, which will provide you fast and effective pain relief. This list does not even include the cosmetic benefits that BOTOX® can offer!
What is BOTOX®, and how does it help with bruxism or TMJ?
BOTOX®is an FDA-approved injectable neurotoxin used to treat bruxism, headaches, and migraines. BOTOX® can help with Bruxism or TMJ by relaxing the muscles, particularly the masseter muscle in the jaw, reducing involuntary clenching and grinding. This prevents teeth damage and alleviates associated symptoms like headaches and migraines. Additionally, this treatment has the added benefit of successfully “reprogramming” the brain, by discouraging excessive use of these muscles, it can prevent future instances of clenching.
How does BOTOX® work on the jaw muscles?
Injecting small doses of BOTOX® into the masseter muscle blocks nerve signals, causing temporary muscle relaxation. This helps patients sleep better without grinding their teeth. While BOTOX® does significantly relax the masseter muscle, you are still able to chew and display facial expressions as normal. The treatment is safe and effective, with results lasting three to four months.
What are the benefits of using Botox for Bruxism or TMJ?
BOTOX® treatment for bruxism or TMJ offers several benefits, including improved sleep by releasing jaw tension, reduced pain, non-invasiveness with no downtime, a slimming effect on the jaw, and elimination of headaches originating from the jaw area.
Can BOTOX® be a long-term solution for Bruxism or TMJ?
BOTOX® is not a cure for bruxism or TMJ, but it can help effectively control symptoms for several months. Other treatment options like mouth guards and medication may also help manage symptoms, but these do not stop the grinding and clenching.
How soon does BOTOX® work on jaw muscles?
The BOTOX® treatment typically takes 10 to 14 days to show its effects. A follow-up visit after 2 to 4 weeks may be necessary to ensure correct dosage and effectiveness.
What are the potential side effects of masseter BOTOX® for Bruxism or TMJ?
Common short-term side effects include a temporary “lopsided smile,” fatigue, swelling, pain, bruising at the injection site, headache, or flu-like symptoms. In rare cases, BOTOX® may spread in the body, leading to breathing problems, vision issues, loss of bladder control, or difficulty swallowing or speaking. Seek immediate medical attention if any severe symptoms occur.
Are there alternative treatments for Bruxism or TMJ?
While BOTOX®is one option, other treatments include mouth guards and medications. Mouth guards can prevent tooth damage but won’t stop grinding and clenching. Discuss all available options with your dentist to determine the most suitable treatment for your case.
BOTOX® Before & After Images
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