Are you surprised to see Botox listed among dental services? It actually makes a lot of sense - and is more common than you think!
People are most familiar with hearing about Botox because of its use in cosmetic treatments for fine lines and wrinkles. Simple, quick, and effective, the small injections of botulinum toxin block the chemical signals that cause the muscles to contract, relaxing facial muscles and smoothing out the tissue. More and more often, dentists have begun to use Botox in their treatment plans because of the injection’s ability to block that signal, which has therapeutic effects as well as cosmetic.
Botox is used to treat TMJ disorder, by relieving the tension in the surrounding jaw muscles and pain associated with TMJ symptoms like headaches and soreness. The injections are quick and painless. The full effect may take up to two weeks, but then it lasts for up to three months.