BOTOX® and TMJ Pain

BOTOX® treatments are well known as a popular and fashionable cosmetic treatment that smooths fine lines, fights back against wrinkles, and tightens loose skin. However, they aren't just optimal for turning the clock back on aging, as beneficial as that may be. They are also used to treat dental and facial pain, along with contouring your jawline.

Many of our patients enjoy the rejuvenated look BOTOX®in Lexington gives them. For many of them, it's not about drastically and dramatically changing their looks; it's about looking fresh and relaxed. BOTOX® is just one of many cosmetic dental treatments we offer our patients to enhance and improve their smiles!

Your dentist may not be the first person you think of when it comes to BOTOX®, but it makes sense. After all, dentists are experts in facial architecture; they are trained to understand facial muscles and your bone structure. Their background and years of training gives them the resources they need to know how to administer BOTOX® safely, capably, and natural-looking results. 

Find out if BOTOX® treatments are a good option for you by booking a consultation to learn more. Call Garden Springs Dental today at (859) 277-1189 or use our convenient online scheduler. 

Why Go to Your Dentist for BOTOX®?

Dental patient smiling after Botox treatment in Lexington KYDr. Chris Davis and his experienced dental team have considerable and comprehensive training and understanding of the facial anatomy, which is part of the education in which all dentists must specialize. They are trained in the areas that range from your forehead to your chin, which means they can provide your BOTOX® treatment any time you want.

Dentists are familiar with complications to the facial area in ways many healthcare providers are not, even though these providers are still allowed to administer BOTOX®. As trained dental professionals, they engage in more invasive procedures in the face and oral areas than many physicians. In many places, a registered nurse or physician assistant may set up an independent practice that is apart from the physicians' office to administer BOTOX®. Still, any physician can deliver this procedure, including ophthalmologists, OB/GYN's, internists, gastroenterologists, medical estheticians, and more.

Very few physicians and medical personnel have extensive and advanced training in oral and maxillofacial (your face and mouth) areas that dentists have. At Garden Springs Dental, our dentists have profound education and knowledge of the facial and oral structure, facial muscles, and nerves. Our understanding allows us to inject the precise amount of Botox® in the right location, whether for cosmetic or medical reasons.

How does BOTOX® work?

Many of our patients know BOTOX® as a drug that reduces wrinkles and paralyzes muscles. These treatments reduce fine lines that we earn over time around the mouth, eyes, and forehead. BOTOX® is a neurotoxin that blocks nerve signaling that encourages or stimulates the contraction of your muscles, which is why it causes temporary muscle paralysis.

What Cosmetic Problems Can BOTOX® Fix?

BOTOX® is FDA approved to temporarily diminish lines and wrinkles around your mouth, forehead eyes. Cosmetically, BOTOX® can treat some of the following unsightly facial flaws:

  • Frown lines
  • Upper lip lines
  • Crows feet
  • Lines between the eyes
  • Sagging skin under the chin or jawline
  • Mouth lines
  • Forehead lines

BOTOX® does not drastically alter your appearance; patients should not expect to look like they are 20 again, but they will look more relaxed. Some of our cosmetic dental treatments involve invasive surgery, but not BOTOX®! This means you can go right back to what you were doing right before visiting us

What Is TMJ?

Woman holding her face in pain from TMJ near 40504Your TMJ (temporomandibular joint) connects your skull and lower jaw like a hinge. When there's a problem with the way this joint functions, we call it TMD or temporomandibular joint disorder.  

TMD can happen to anyone for many different reasons. It encompasses the jaw joint, facial muscles, and other facial structures. Anytime you eat or chew or yawn, you're utilizing TMJ muscles that control the movement and opening of the jaw. TMJ related pain usually occurs because of inflammation or injury to the jaw joint or the muscles around it, medical issues like grinding or clenching your jaw, clenching your facial muscles, arthritis, or injury.

You can ask Dr. Davis and his dental staff about TMD if you are experiencing any of the following symptoms:

  • Pain in the jaw, face, neck, forehead, and shoulders
  • Difficulty opening the jaw
  • Locked jaw
  • "Clicking" or popping noises when opening the jaw
  • Excessively tense neck and facial muscles
  • Pain when chewing

How Can BOTOX® Treat TMJ Pain?

Your TMJ is involved in the actions of eating, chewing, talking, swallowing, yawning, and other activities. When this joint becomes affected or overworked, you might suffer from severe pain and headaches, especially jaw pain. BOTOX® can relieve TMJ pain by paralyzing muscles and disengaging them from continuing painful movements.

BOTOX® at your Lexington, KY dental office is one of several treatments for TMJ disorders that we have available to patients. The treatment process is effective, simple, and quick. BOTOX® is a non-surgical process that involves injections that your dentist at Garden Springs Dental can safely administer. The results are so effective that many of our patients can experience relief in just one or two days after the first treatment.

BOTOX® paralyzes the muscles that cause the pain at your jaw hinge. Bruxism, which is grinding and clenching your teeth, can also be treated with injections. 

Is BOTOX® Injection Painful?

Patients may feel a prick upon injection, but BOTOX® generally relieves patients of pain. Our Lexington dental office can minimize discomfort by applying a numbing gel to the injection site.

What Happens After My TMJ Treatment With BOTOX®?Happy couple smiling near Lexington KY dentist office

Right after we inject the BOTOX® treatment, muscle pain will vanish very quickly. Wrinkles will start to fade away within 24 to 48 hours magically, and you may see continued vanishing up to a week after you've had BOTOX®.

Some patients may notice some mild bruising, swelling, or redness around the injection site, but this is temporary and will go away soon. We recommend rubbing the area of injection and avoid physical activity for some time.

How Should I Prepare for BOTOX®?

Your Lexington cosmetic dentist will always run you through the risks associated with any procedure before your treatment. Here are some tips on how to reduce any potential side effects:

  • Don't get BOTOX® when you have any active skin irritations like infections, rashes, cold sores, and more
  • Do not drink alcohol for at least 24 hours before the procedure as it is a blood thinner
  • Do not use Retin-A for a few days before the procedure and after it
  • Avoid any anti-inflammatory medications for at least seven days

Since BOTOX® can take a while to settle and heal from bruises, we recommend you plan the procedure two weeks ahead of any significant event.

I'm Interested in Learning More About BOTOX®!

No matter what kind of cosmetic dental procedure you are interested in, we cannot recommend enough to seek out the services of a dental professional. Trying to cut corners to save some money can have very negative consequences. 

We provide quality services that won't break the bank and can improve your oral health as well as your appearance.