When you think about Botox®, you likely think about a treatment used to remove fine lines and wrinkles, improving the beauty of your face. While this is true, your Celina, TX, dentist could offer a solution for the jaw pain and headaches related to issues like TMJ disorder and bruxism (chronic teeth grinding) as well, helping you enjoy better oral health.
The medication is administered to specific parts of your face through injection. The tension and pressure in your facial muscles will be eased as Botox® blocks chemical signals from the nerves that would otherwise cause muscles to contract. As they relax, this allows the cosmetic and oral health benefits of the medication to take place. Administering it takes only a few seconds, and the effects could last for up to six months, so we can offer this again at your next checkup and cleaning visit.
Improving Facial Esthetics
Relaxing the tension in your face helps temporarily stop the actions in the facial muscles responsible for lines and wrinkles around the nose, eyes, and forehead. This removes crow’s feet and other common signs of aging, offering a more youthful appearance.
Treating TMJ Disorder and Bruxism
But what about your oral health? When factors upset bite balance, this could place strain on your jaw joints. These joints connect your skull and jaw, and are responsible for the actions needed to eat and speak. The pressure then allows TMJ disorder to develop, which complicates how you open and close your mouth. You could also begin to grind and clench your teeth on a regular basis, known as bruxism. Factors behind these disorders include stress, injury to the face or jaw, missing teeth, or dental misalignment.
As these disorders grow in severity, you could experience headaches, migraines, jaw pain, facial aches, a popping or clicking sensation in your jaw, or even tooth sensitivity and toothaches as the pressure damages teeth and wears down the layers of protective enamel. When we administer facial esthetic treatment, this helps ease the pressure in the jaw, preventing further symptoms related to TMJ disorder and limiting the frequency of teeth grinding. We then use an oral appliance to reposition the jaw to ease pressure, and also places a barrier between the upper and lower teeth to stop damage to the smile!
If you have any questions about this treatment, then contact our team to learn more.
Talk To Your Celina, TX Dentist’s Office About Improving Facial Esthetics
Our team would like to use a variety of methods, even cosmetic ones, to treat oral health problems. To learn more about easing strain and pressure on your jaw joints and smile, then contact your Celina, TX, dentist, Dr. Ganjoor, by calling (214) 851-0130.