Updated on November 8th, 2017
You’ve most likely heard of cosmetic Botox® injections for reducing or eliminating wrinkles. But did you know that Botox® has long been used in the medical field to treat headaches and facial pain? At our Thousand Oaks, CA dental practice, Dr. Savitha Siddappa offers Botox® treatments to help patients reduce or eradicate pain associated with certain conditions, such as temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder or bruxism. Derived from the neurotoxic protein botulinum toxin, Botox® is FDA-approved and is incredibly effective for relaxing musclesand preventing spasms.
With over 15 years of experience, Dr. Siddappa is skilled and knowledgeable in the treatment of orofacial pain. She can identify the root cause of your discomfort and determine a treatment plan that will help you regain your overall quality of life.
Bruxism – or teeth grinding – can lead to several serious dental problems including chronic headaches, tooth erosion, and TMJ pain. Treatments for bruxism commonly include a custom mouth guard and a complete bite assessment. Additionally, Botox® injections can be administered at strategic locations along the jaw to
reduce tension and alleviate discomfort.
Your jaw joints are intended to work harmoniously with the surrounding oral maxillofacial structures. When the TMJ is not functioning properly, it can cause an array of issues, including headaches, earaches, stiffness, tooth erosion, or clicking of the jaw joints, among other things. Oftentimes, the muscles that facilitate chewing are in spasms. Injecting Botox® into these trigger points can effectively relieve muscle contractions.
Since 2010, Botox® has been successfully used in the treatment of migraines. Researchers believe its effectiveness is due to the fact that it blocks the neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from the brain. Stopping migraines before they begin, Botox® has yielded tremendously positive results for thousands of patients.
Facial muscles can significantly contribute to tooth positioning. It is possible for overactive facial muscles to cause gradual misalignment of the teeth. For patients who undergo orthodontic treatment, Botox® can help calm overactive muscles. Many researchers believe that Botox® injections can actually train the muscles to work properly over time.
Discomfort from Removable Prosthodontics
In dentistry today, more and more patients are choosing dental implants as their teeth replacement solution. However, there are some patients who still wear removable appliances, such as dentures, due to cost or medical conditions. Many patients have difficulty adjusting to their new prostheses; and overactive facial muscles can exacerbate the situation. As the muscles work overtime, the denture shifts and slips out of place. Botox® injections can relax overactive muscles and help overcome that challenge.
Maintaining Your Progress with Botox®
Following your initial Botox® treatment, you will typically see results within the first 24 to 48 hours. The
effects of treatment last approximately three to six months. After that, the facial muscles will gradually regain their original function over time. Therefore, patients undergoing Botox® for orofacial pain will need to receive occasional re-treatments for long-term success.
To learn more about the use of Botox® injections for orofacial pain, contact Prism Dental Group today. Dr. Siddappa has helped numerous patients restore their oral health. During a thorough assessment, she can help you determine the source of your discomfort and create an individualized plan that will meet your needs. To schedule an appointment, contact us online anytime, or call our office at (805) 241-5353.