When overworked or through extensive teeth grinding, Temporomandibular Joint Disorders or TMD is caused. Traditional treatment of TMD includes ice and heat treatment, or having a custom mouth guard made to prevent against teeth grinding at night. However, Botox is a new alternative treatment that many patients are investigating.
How is Botox used exactly? Botox is injected into the “chewing” muscles and is used to help relax the muscles that cause TMD. Additionally, the injections help to alleviate headaches that are caused by teeth grinding that is often associated with TMD.
Much like TMD, jaw tension is caused by placing too much stress or pressure on the jaw. However, by injecting Botoxinto the targeted area, relaxes the jaw muscles, eliminating the need to clench the jaw and unnecessarily cause strain on it. Through relaxing the jaw, the Botox injections help to alleviate some of the pain and discomfort caused by jaw tension, leaving the patient feeling relaxed and more comfortable.
If you have a “gummy smile” where most of the focus of your smile tends to be on the upper gums, Botox injections can help reduce the appearance of gums and so the focus resides mostly on your teeth. How does Botox work to help this problem? By paralyzing the muscles surrounding your mouth, it inhibits the contraction of the upper lip when smiling to prevent the gummy smile.
If you suffer from TMD, jaw tension, or a gummy smile and aren’t sure what the best treatment is for you, Botoxmight be the perfect solution. Rather painless and as a non-invasive procedure, Botox can be done in a matter of minutes and can give you the results that you desire. To learn more, talk to a dental professional today.