Botox and Its Role in Dentistry

Looking your best is an important part of feeling your best. Now, you don’t have to go to a dermatologist for Botox®! In fact, this famous neuromodulator that is responsible for preserving the youthful appearance of countless men and women is not just useful for aesthetics. Because of the way that the botulinum toxin, the ingredient that makes Botox®, works, it is also exceedingly good for pain management—particularly pain associated with temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD) and bruxism, also known as teeth grinding. Talk to your cosmetic dentist in Austin today to learn more!

Botox® has been a long-standing migraine treatment, and at Michael Nussbaum, DDS, we are proud to offer Botox® as an effective treatment for both clinical and aesthetic concerns—including gummy smiles.

How does Botox®  work for jaw pain?

Botox® is effective for pain management because it relaxes and weakens the muscles enough to stop you from grinding or clenching your teeth. However, you retain enough muscle function to continue eating and speaking normally.

As a neuromodulator, the toxin stops the nerve signals from reaching your muscles. Essentially, Botox® temporarily paralyzes the muscles in question. When talking about TMJ pain and bruxism, Botox® inhibits the muscles from causing pain and hinders your ability to grind or clench your teeth.

Why you should consider Botox®

Because of the way that Botox® works, it can be a part of your comprehensive treatment plan. Struggling with pain, grinding, or clenching has side effects that impact your overall oral health. Grinding and clenching your teeth puts undue stress on your teeth and can cause other serious problems such as:

  • Migraines
  • Cracked or chipped teeth
  • Receding gums
  • Loose teeth
  • Sensitive teeth
  • Damage to oral appliances like crowns and fillings

Using Botox® to alleviate the pain associated with TMJ disorders, grinding, and clenching stops your muscles from performing the functions responsible for that pain, thus protecting your teeth from long-term damage.

Not just a medical solution!

Botox®  is an effective solution for pain management and clinical treatment, but we can also use it aesthetically. As a dental practice, we are more familiar with the oral and facial structures than many other healthcare professionals, making us supreme candidates to help you preserve your youthful appearance and confidence. If you’re dealing with fine lines and wrinkles, ask your dentist about how Botox® can help you!

To learn more about how Botox® can help relieve your pain and preserve your youth, call Dr. Nussbaum today at (512) 334-6811 or request an appointment online.