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Essential Facts About Botox for Dental Treatments in Dallas, TX

To learn how Botox can help treat jaw and facial pain, talk to a friendly representative at DNA Dental Dallas by calling (214)-295-9270.

If you thought Botox was just for preventing facial wrinkles, think again. Developed initially as a medical treatment, Botox can significantly reduce tooth and jaw pain and dental damage caused by tense facial muscles. Dr. Darya Timin and her team at DNA Dental Dallas are experts at using Botox to alleviate the symptoms of bruxism and other conditions. Call today at (214)-295-9270 to find out how Botox pain relief treatment can help you.

What is Botox?

Botox is the trade name of Botulinum Toxin. Doctors developed it in the 1970s to relax the eye muscles that cause the eye condition Strabismus, in which patients’ eyes don’t properly align. Today, Botox is famous for its cosmetic applications, but it remains important in treatment that relaxes muscles to relieve medical conditions.

How Do Dentists Use Botox?

In a dental setting, Botox is primarily used to treat bruxism and its associated head, face, and neck pain.

What is Bruxism?

Bruxism is a condition in which teeth are ground, gnashed, or clenched. Bruxism is often unconscious and can occur during the day. If you ever find yourself clenching your jaw, this is a form of awake bruxism. 

Bruxism commonly occurs overnight, and this is called sleep bruxism. Bruxism causes damage to teeth and pain in the muscles of the face, neck, and head. It can also interfere with a sufferer’s sleep patterns, and sometimes sleep bruxism is so loud it wakes other people in a room or even in the house!

Common Symptoms of Bruxism

  • Worn-down or chipped teeth. This dental damage can have secondary effects, including:
    • Tooth sensitivity
    • Tooth loss
    • Gum disease
  • Headaches and chronic migraines
  • Earaches and ringing in the ears
  • Jaw joint pain or stiffness
  • Pain or stiffness in the muscles radiating from the jaw, including the neck, shoulders, and upper back 
  • Sleep problems, including snoring and sleep apnea

Botox for Bruxism: How It Helps

Botox relaxes the jaw muscles that control the grinding of teeth. Weakening the jaw muscles leads to less force pressing the teeth together as they clench or grind. This results in less damage occurring; however, after Botox treatment, the jaw retains sufficient strength to perform all of its positive tasks, such as eating and talking. 

The Botox Treatment Process: What to Expect

Botox treatment is minimally invasive and can be completed in just a few minutes. Here are the main steps:

  1. The dentist examines the patient’s teeth and jaw to ensure the Botox treatment option is appropriate and then crafts a treatment plan. 
  2. The treatment area might be numbed slightly with a topical anesthetic.
  3. Botox is administered by injection directly into the jaw muscles. 
  4. The patient can leave the dental office.

How Long Do the Effects of Botox Last?

Initially, the results of Botox treatment for dental issues last about four months. Therefore, to keep benefiting from the treatment’s positive effects, patients should return to the dentist for regular treatments. However, with repeated treatment, the effects of Botox often begin to last longer, making it possible that a patient could eventually be able to space treatment visits to the dentist further apart.  

Safety of Botox: What You Need to Know

Yes, medical professionals have been using Botox safely for decades. Its effects are positive, and they gradually wear off over months. When administered safely by qualified practitioners, negative side effects are not a concern.

Contact Us

If you suffer jaw pain and tooth damage from bruxism, help is at hand at DNA Dental Dallas. Experts in Botox-based pain control and the restoration of teeth and correct jaw function, Dr. Darya Timin and her all-female team can quickly help patients achieve pain-free and beautiful teeth and mouths.  A full-service dental provider, DNA Dental is proud to offer cutting-edge preventative, restorative, and cosmetic dental care in a supportive and friendly environment to the Dallas, Texas, area.  

To learn more about Botox treatment for dental issues and the other services offered by DNA Dental Dallas, call today at (214)-295-9270. We look forward to learning how we can help you.