A growing number of dentist are now providing botulinum toxin, also known as Botox for patients to temporarily reduce pain in the head, neck, and jaw muscles. Botox is quickly becoming part of the modern dental practice due to its ability to help patients both cosmetically and functionality. Botox can be used aesthetically in the upper and lower face to re-balance specific muscles, reduced skin wrinkles, and change the positioning of overlying soft tissue. This includes reducing “crow’s feet” around the eyes, vertical “frown” lines between the eyebrows, horizontal “worry” lines in the forehead, and lifting or arching the eyebrows.
For patients with severe TMJ (temporomandibular joint) dysfunction, Botox may be a great option. Botox is injected into the masseter (chewing) and/or temporalis muscles to reduce the muscle’s strength, appropriately weakening the patient’s bite force and reducing clenching and grinding. Every patient is unique, requiring careful thought and planning to determine the necessary amount of Botox units to be injected.
Schedule a consult today with Dr. Ellen Rudolph Jarvis and staff to see if Botox is right for you!