Botox® Treatment Now Available at The Dental Room!
Our dentists of The Dental Center is proud to announce the addition of BOTOX® treatment to our Calgary dental practice. If you suffer from bruxism (tooth grinding) or Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) that is causing pain in the jaw muscles or jaw joint that does not respond to traditional splint or relaxation therapy, you might be eligible for treatment with this injectable medication.
Botox may be used for treatment of bruxism and facial wrinkles. Dentists in Alberta are now able to administer BOTOX® for therapeutic purposes (clenching and grinding) and for cosmetic facial rejuvenation including wrinkles on the upper face, frown lines, forehead lines and crow’s feet.
Our dentists have taken extensive training in order to maximize both the therapeutic and facial esthetic results of BOTOX®.
BOTOX® is a unique, one of a kind product used by millions of people worldwide. It is a simple, nonsurgical treatment with results lasting approximately 4 months.
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Though it initially gained fame for its aesthetic applications, BOTOX® has also become a mainstream treatment for several conditions that afflict the muscles of the body.
Why is a procedure that is typically done by physicians and nurses is now being administered in such a seemingly unexpected location? The truth is general dentists are extensively trained exclusively in this part of the body and are very familiar with the anatomy of the head and neck. Dentists perform injections in the head area on a routine basis every day to provide local anaesthetics for things like fillings.
Our Doctors are certified to provide BOTOX® treatments to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles in the following areas:
- Frown lines in the area between the eyes
- Wrinkles around the eyes (crow's feet)
Note that BOTOX® alone cannot remove wrinkles that exist when the face is at rest, however those wrinkles are often softened so that they are not as noticeable. Our goal with BOTOX® treatment is to soften the wrinkles during facial expression without actually eliminating your ability to express yourself. We are trying to allow some movement of the facial muscles, while at the same time relaxing the muscles enough so that certain wrinkles do not appear. We will use as little BOTOX® as possible to achieve this effect, but on occasion after the first administration we need to add more at the follow up visit that occurs 2 weeks after the initial administration. As everyone is different the dosage is customized to every patient, and based on your anatomy and physiology some people will need more or less.
Bruxism and Headaches
Bruxism is the term for teeth clenching and grinding, and can occurs during the day or at night. Bruxers are often not aware that they have the condition, and may have symptoms such as sore jaw muscles or pain in the jaw joint area or headaches. Other bruxers develop damage to the teeth, restorations or the bone that supports the teeth.
There are many different causes for bruxism. One of the most common causes is stress. Other causes include malocclusion (misaligned bite), sleep apnea or drug/medication use. Note that BOTOX therapy will not be effective for those whose bruxism is caused by the latter 3 causes.
Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD or TMJ), are notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. Many of the related symptoms, such as headaches and earaches, often lead doctors to diagnose a sinus condition, as opposed to a problem with the jaw joint. TMJ symptoms often change in severity, depending on how much stress the sufferer is experiencing. During an intensely stressful period, bruxism (grinding teeth), debilitating earaches, and lockjaw may occur. Botox® injections are sometimes an effective and painless way to alleviate tension in the temporomandibular joint, reducing jaw pain, headaches, and suffering.
Botox® is commonly associated with cosmetic practices, including eliminating glabellar lines and facial wrinkles. Recently however, Botox® has become an increasingly popular TMJ treatment. Although some TMJ symptoms may improve without any specific treatment, Botox® offers fast and long-lasting relief for those that do not respond to typical therapies (splint, occlusal adjustment, relaxation and meditation).
Although it is widely known for use in a cosmetic context, the benefits of BOTOX® are not constrained solely to smoothing the skin and temporarily softening the appearance of facial wrinkles. When used in conjunction with splint and relaxation therapy or when splint therapy has failed, bruxism and TMJ sufferers can enjoy benefits like:
Elimination of headaches caused by nighttime grinding.
Minimization of lockjaw
Reduced discomfort when using the jaw
Substantially reduced jaw tension
- Reduced headache frequency and severity
- Minimized reliance on using over-the-counter medication to relieve pain
How does Botox® work?
Bruxism is typically address first with splint (nightgaurd) therapy. In this treatment, a nightgaurd that is custom-fit to your mouth is made and is worn nightly. However, if the splint therapy is not effective BOTOX may be used in treating bruxism.
Bruxism and TMJ treatment with BOTOX® consists of localized injections of a natural and purified protein just under the skin of specific areas of the face. About two to four days following the injections, the protein halts signals travelling between the nerves and muscles, inducing relaxation in the facial muscle targeted for treatment. This relaxation of the muscles may last for up to three months, allowing the patient to experience relief from bruxism symptoms. After the 3-month time period, additional treatments may be necessary.
The temporomandibular joint is located on both sides of the head where the skull adjoins the jawbone. This joint is constantly being used for a variety of daily activities, such as chewing, biting, speaking, and swallowing. The most prominent causes of TMJ are jaw displacement and stress-related involuntary jaw movements. Botox® expediently alleviates temporomandibular tension by relaxing the jaw muscles, thus preventing unconscious jaw movement and ending grinding-related headaches.
One of the major advantages of Botox® is that normal functions such as speaking, swallowing, and biting are left unaffected. The only major change is the reduction in pain and discomfort. In addition, controlling TMJ can also prevent serious dental problems from occurring later. Bruxism, if left untreated, can contribute to tooth decay, tooth fracture, gum disease, and the loosening of teeth.
What’s involved when getting Botox® injections?
Prior to administering Botox® injections, the dentist needs to check the patient’s suitability for treatment. When used in conjunction with certain medications and substances, Botox® may not produce the desired results. It is exceptionally important therefore, to be honest about prior medical history. Botox® is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.
The Botox® injections take 10-20 minutes to administer, depending on the amount required. Because it is non-surgical, the Botox® procedure will be performed at the dental office. Driving ability will not be impaired by the treatment, so there is no need for a designated driver. The injections are no more painful than a bug bite or pinprick, but nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can be used to reduce anxiety if necessary.
Normal activity can be resumed immediately after the Botox® treatment, but strenuous activity should be avoided for 24 hours after treatment. It may take several days to feel the full benefits of the treatment, but Botox® will continue to work for up to 3 months.
Note that Botox is used as an adjunct treatment for TMJ and jaw pain. Botox therapy may be an options if traditional splint or other therapies are not effective in controlling your bruxism symptoms.
Not everyone is suitable for this type of treatment. Please contact us for a FREE consultation to find out if this treatment is suitable for you.
Our dentists provide Botox® services as a General Dentist in CalgaryPlease call contact us at 403-269-5411 if you are in Calgary have any questions or concerns about TMJ or Botox® treatment.