Believe it or not, Botox injections can help with certain dental health concerns. Botox uses a toxin called onobotulinumtoxinA to temporarily prevent a muscle from moving. Relaxing the muscles can have benefits beyond just decreasing the appearance of fine and wrinkles. For certain conditions like excessive sweating, chronic migraines, eye twitching and bruxism, Botox injections can be especially helpful.
So, why not see if Botox injections can help you not only look great but also feel great as part of a cosmetic and preventative dental plan?
Botox and Bruxism
Bruxism is a term used to refer to the clenching of the jaw (primarily at night), which can cause jaw pain, ringing in the ears and muscle spasms in the face. It also can harm the enamel on teeth, which can lead to an increased risk of cavities. Bruxism is extremely common and is caused by stress and anxiety, which many patients face on a daily basis.
Traditionally, bruxism has been treated with night guards to prevent the pressure build up while patients sleep. Recently, it has been discovered that minimally invasive treatment with Botox injections can relieve the symptoms of Bruxism by freezing the masseter muscle along the jaw preventing tightening of surrounding muscles in the face.
Freezing this muscle eliminates the pain patients feel as a result of bruxism and also improves overall dental health. Plus, it might eliminate some fine lines around your mouth. Patients who receive the treatment will start to feel the results of the Botox injection within three three days of the procedure. Treatment can be repeated as appropriate for lasting pain relief and damage reduction.
The dentists at Gentry Dentistry of Suwanee are trained in performing Botox injections, with results lasting between 3 and 6 months. If you are curious about how Botox injections could improve your dental health and decrease your bruxism symptoms, give us a call at 770-945-5850 to learn more and see if this cosmetic solution is right for you.