Any number of factors can influence how often and big you smile, and not all of them have to do with your teeth. While discoloration and damage are common problems, other people deal with chronic neck or jaw pain that affects their chewing, speaking, and even smiling. BOTOX® treatment can help alleviate pain caused by TMJ disorders and give you back your smile.
BOTOX® (onabotulinumtoxin A) has long been used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and crow’s feet. It works by blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles, making muscles unable to contract. BOTOX® is administered by direct injection into the target muscle. It can take a few days to take full effect, but each injection can last several months. No incisions or stitches are necessary, and treatment will not impact your regular routine.
While we offer BOTOX® for cosmetic purposes at Midtown Dental, we may also recommend it to treat symptoms of TMJ disorder. TMJ, or temporomandibular joints, are what make it possible for your mouth to open and close. Any problem that interrupts this complex system can result in a painful disorder. These may be caused by injury, arthritis, teeth grinding, or poor tooth alignment. BOTOX® can relieve the pain and tenseness caused by TMJ disorders.
Whether you suffer pain from a TMJ disorder or just don’t like the look of fine lines around your face, BOTOX® treatment can help you smile comfortably and confidently again. Call our Houston, TX, office to schedule an appointment with Dr. R. Nab today.