A type of neuromodulator, or a substance that influences the communication between neurons in the nervous system, Botox is used to treat a variety of medical conditions and cosmetic issues. From chronic migraines to TMJ disorders and excessive sweating, this FDA-approved treatment temporarily reduces muscle contractions by stopping the release of acetylcholine at the neuromuscular junction. When injected into facial muscles, this neuromodulator also helps smooth wrinkles and fine lines, as well as prevent new ones from forming by blocking nerve impulses to the muscles. In this way, Botox not only treats existing signs of aging but also prevents future ones from occurring.
Botox For TMJ
Botox is an effective treatment option for reducing tooth grinding, jaw clenching, and other symptoms of the temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). TMD causes pain in and around the ear and face. It can also cause headaches and difficulty chewing. Symptoms may get worse when you wake up or after they occur for a period of time. The condition affects more women than men and often occurs during middle age.
Botox is used to relax the muscles in the face and neck, including the TMJ muscles. This can help reduce involuntary muscle movement and relieve symptoms associated with TMD. Studies suggest that up to 80 percent of patients with moderate to severe TMD will experience significant symptom relief following treatment with Botox injections. Many patients experience a significant improvement in these symptoms within 2 to 3 weeks of treatment. Maximum results are usually seen after about six weeks. Your dentist may recommend continued treatments to maintain pain relief.
Although Botox is generally safe and effective, it’s important to understand that it’s not a permanent solution. You’ll need to continue receiving injections every few months to prevent your symptoms from coming back.
Botox For Enhancing Facial Aesthetics
Botox is most commonly known for its effectiveness in reducing fine lines and wrinkles around the areas such as the forehead and eyes. When used for aesthetic purposes, it smooths the area around the eyes to reduce the look of crow’s feet, horizontal lines across the forehead, lines around the lips, and other fine lines of the face. Additionally, it is also an effective treatment for patients who have developed the habit of pursing their lips while speaking, frowning, or otherwise causing repetitive muscle contractions. During treatment, your doctor will inject small amounts of the diluted solution into specific facial muscles. Once injected, the solution blocks the nerve impulses to the muscles, which relaxes them and prevents them from contracting. As a result, the skin is smoothed, and the wrinkle is softened.
The areas that can benefit from Botox include:
- Forehead lines
- Crow’s feet right around the eyes
- Bunny lines around the nose
- Lines on the upper lip from smoking or drinking through a straw
- Gummy smile
- Mouth frown
To find out more about the dental services we offer at Peak Family Dentistry, Chattanooga, TN, call (423) 899-1948 or schedule an online consultation. You can also visit the Dentist in Chattanooga, TN, at 4933 Brainerd Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37411.