Botox Therapy for Dental Disorders

For many patients struggling with jaw issues, it may feel like there is no hope to stop the vicious cycle of headaches, jaw pain, and fractured teeth.  Although most patients find relief with an occlusal splint and physical self regulation, there are others who cannot seem to break the habit of overloading their teeth, jaw joint, and facial muscles.  Fortunately for these patients, there are adjunctive therapies to help.  Physical therapy, chiropractic, pharmacological treatment, and neuromodulator (“Botox”) therapy may be viable treatment approaches for these patients.

What is Botox therapy, and how does it work?

Botox is the household name for neuromodulators that reduce muscle contraction.  Other popular brand names are Xeomin and Dysport.  When these neuromodulators are injected into jaw-clenching, headache-inducing muscles, these muscles are relaxed and the excess tension they hold is released.  The force on the surrounding joints and structures (like teeth and jaw joints) is lessened, and the cycle of overuse begins to diminish.  With repeated treatment, the muscles may train themselves to contract less, thereby reducing the frequency or dosage needed to achieve the same result.

What should I expect?

For patients in need of neuromodulator therapy, the treatment process is fairly simple.  A consultation is completed to assess the patient’s symptoms and needs, and a thorough medical history is reviewed.  The most conservative effective dosage is determined and administered with patient consent.  Injections are quick, easy, and done with a tiny syringe.  Patients are able to reapply clean makeup before leaving the office.

Our patients’ most frequently asked questions

  • Can I still eat normally?
    • Most definitely. Botox therapy does not impact your ability to eat (or we’d never do it to ourselves!)
  • Will I look different?
    • You may notice a slimmer jawline or fewer facial wrinkles in the treatment areas. Aside from these treatment benefits, you will look just like you!
  • How long does it last?
    • Three to four months. When muscle hyperactivation has been effectively reduced with repeated treatment, we find that patients frequently need a less frequent or lower dose.
  • Does it make your skin numb?
    • No, all skin sensation is normal

Ready to start feeling better?  Contact our office to schedule a consultation.

You can call, text, email, or submit an appointment request form online.  We make it easy to find relief.

*Please note: Botox is contraindicated in patients who are pregnant, breastfeeding, or trying to conceive; patients with neurologic disease including, but not limited to, myasthenia gravis, multiple sclerosis, lambert-eaton syndrome, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), and Parkinson’s; patients who are needle phobic; patients with any allergies to the toxin ingredients, or to human albumin.

This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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At Oviedo Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, we are a family-owned office that has been caring for patients in Oviedo for more than 25 years.

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