New Use For Botox: The Jaw

As you may know from my previous Botox-related writings, Botox relaxes specific muscles when injected directly into the area of said muscle’s maximal strength.  Although Botox is traditionally thought of as a safe and effective way to prevent and treat wrinkles, it can also be used to treat a wide array of muscle related disorders, including pain in the jaw.

Teeth grinding, jaw clenching and temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues can lead to many dental and health problems, including significant jaw pain, headache, and even wearing down and fracture of teeth.  In the past, dentists have used fitted mouth guards for people who struggle with these habits.

Some people benefit from these mouth guards, but many others find that their symptoms persist despite this physical barrier approach.  Fortunately, for many of these sufferers, Botox has proven itself to be an effective alternative treatment.

For the past several years, I have had referrals from area dentists requesting my expertise with Botox injections to help patients that suffer such pain in their jaws.  To the great relief of these patients, Botox injections have been remarkably effective in reducing pain in the jaw, tooth damage, and TMJ symptoms.

During the procedure, I have the patient clench her jaw muscles so that I can see the points of maximal strength.  Then, I inject small amounts of Botox into her jaw muscles.

Depending on the symptoms of the individual patient, sometimes I am injecting only on one side of the jaw and sometimes I am treating both sides.  One side may need more Botox than the lesser affected side.

After the procedure, most patients feel relief of their jaw symptoms within the first several days.  The muscle activity associated with the teeth grinding and jaw clenching is reduced and relaxed.

As with other uses of Botox, this effect will generally last 3-4 months, and then the treatment will need to be repeated.  Patient satisfaction with this treatment is very high, as their symptoms are dramatically improved and they do not need to use a mouth guard or other dental devices for prolonged periods of time.

As with most dental-affiliated treatments, medical insurance unfortunately does not cover these treatments.  However, because of the amounts of Botox injected, we at Maine Laser Skin Care do offer discounted pricing, and you will also qualify for Brilliant Distinction discounts.

If you have any questions about this unique use of Botox with which I have a great deal of experience, please call our office at (207) 873-2158 to schedule a free and confidential consultation.  You can also use this consultation to discuss other skin care related treatment options with us besides Botox.

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