How Does a Dentist Use Botox?

With the ability to transform wrinkles into smooth, creaseless skin, Botox has a global reputation of restoring vitality and youthfulness to faces across the globe. A revolutionary product originally cleared by the FDA for cosmetic use in 2002, Botox was originally used to treat eye conditions. Before it’s clearance by the FDA, though, Botox was widely used, and loved. 

The news is that Botox isn’t just for making you look better — it can help to make you feel better, too. At Comfort Dental Spa, Aziza F. Askari, DMD is specially trained and experienced in the use of Botox for your dental concerns. If you think that Botox can’t help you, it might be because you don’t know about everything that Botox can do for you. 

Goodbye, TMJ pain

The TMJ, or temporomandibular joint, is at the back of the mouth, holding your jaw bone in sync with the muscles that allow you to move it from side to side smoothly and easily. A number of things can cause you to feel pain in your TMJ, including:

TMJ pain can affect you when you’re eating and drinking, and even when you’re kissing or breathing. About 12% of the US population experiences TMJ at any given time, and the condition is so common, there are even exercises that you can do to help alleviate minor TMJ pain

TMJ is most often treated by dentists, though general physicians and ENT doctors can also assist you. Botox is a paralyzing toxin, sourced from Clostridium botulinum, the bacteria responsible for botulism. Under the skin, botox smooths wrinkles, but it also stops certain joint pain at the source. 

Dr. Askari offers Botox to treat TMJ pain and has the experience to help you to feel better. Before offering you any treatment, Dr. Askari reviews your medical and dental history with you, including any medications or supplements that you may be taking. Please make sure to tell Dr. Askari about any chronic conditions that you may have. 

If Dr. Askari rules out other causes of your pain and determines that you are eligible for Botox for your TMJ pain, the procedure is fast and easy. In about 20 minutes, Dr. Askari mixes your Botox solution and gently injects it into your temples, forehead, and jaw. You may drive home safely, but we recommend waiting 24 before strenuous activity. 

If you need more than one treatment, Dr. Askari will inform you about how many you should expect to have and suggest a treatment schedule for you. Botox treatments are usually given three months apart, but you may need more, or fewer, than the standard three treatments. 

Chronic migraines can be a thing of the past

It may be surprising to learn about the medical uses of Botox for TMJ, but Botox is also used to treat chronic migraines in adults. Migraines can result from orofacial spasms, meaning the muscles in your face are spasming, resulting in headaches and the associated bleariness of migraine headaches. 

To treat your migraines, Dr. Askari injects your custom Botox solution into different spots on your face and neck. The injections are small, causing minimal discomfort, and the procedure doesn’t take much longer than your treatment for TMJ. If you have more than 14 migraines in a month, you might be a candidate for Botox. 

Help! My jaw hurts.

We can help you with your jaw pain, your chronic migraines, and keep your smile healthy and happy. TMJ and migraines can seriously affect your daily life, but we can help you change that. Call Comfort Dental Spa today at 248-306-8753, or book an appointment online any time. 

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