BOTOX Cosmetic targets one of the underlying causes of frown lines and crow’s feet—the repeated muscle contractions from frowning and squinting over the years. Another use of BOTOX Cosmetic that you may not think of, initially, is for relief and management of facial pain, headaches, migraines and other mouth pain. This pain could be stemming from temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMJ,) bruxism or clenching.
What is BOTOX?
Botox is a drug made from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. For muscles to contract, our body releases a neurotransmitter that causes our muscles to tighten, therefore causing wrinkles in the forehead, around the eyes and around the mouth. Botox relaxes the muscles that cause those wrinkles.
When you have facial pain from TMJ, teeth clenching or grinding, you might be damaging your teeth and jaw and dental treatment may be required. BOTOX Cosmetic is a dental therapeutic option to reduce the intensity of pain due to muscle spasms.
Dr. Susan Tikson injects the muscles with BOTOX Cosmetic to temporarily reduce muscle spasms. A visible change may be seen within days. The effects last approximately three to four months.
“Botox is safe to use long term, and you can stop using it at any time without your skin looking worse than it did before you started Botox.” – Mayo Clinic
Dr. Tikson offers BOTOX as part of her cosmetic dentistry services for full mouth beautification and smile makeovers. At your complimentary consultation, she will discuss your treatment goals and perform a facial analysis to determine the appropriate course of action. You can learn more about BOTOX here.