How Botox from your dentist in New Hope, PA, can help with jaw pain
If you clench your teeth because of stress, you are not alone. In fact, teeth clenching or night grinding is one of the main reasons why people seek out treatment for jaw pain. The good news is, your dentist can help with jaw or facial pain associated with clenching and grinding.
Dr. Dawn M. Rickert at New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA, offers several effective treatments for clenching and grinding, including Botox, to help with jaw pain.
So how do you know if you have a clenching or grinding problem? You may experience:
- Jaw pain that can radiate into your face or head
- Chronic aching or throbbing pain in your teeth
- Increased tooth wear and cold sensitivity in your teeth
- Jaw stiffness and tightness, especially in the morning
Teeth clenching or grinding your teeth at night can be the result of increased stress. It can also be the result of a poorly-aligned bite, causing increased wear on your teeth. If you are experiencing any of the signs or symptoms listed above, you should speak with your dentist about treatments for jaw clenching. Grinding and clenching that goes untreated can result in permanent damage to your temporomandibular joint, or TMJ, which can lead to lifelong painful symptoms.
A common treatment for clenching and grinding is wearing a nightguard that is custom-made for your jaws. The nightguard helps prevent wear and damage to your teeth, but you may need more than just a nightguard. You may need relief from pain.
Botox can provide relief from the pain and stiffness associated with clenching or grinding your teeth. In fact, Botox is also highly recommended for the treatment of:
- TMJ pain
- Facial pain
Botox works by temporarily “freezing” the muscles and nerves at the injection site, providing superb pain relief. After Botox treatment, you will experience symptom relief for 3 to 4 months. Regular Botox treatments every few months can provide long-term pain control and may retrain muscles to relax for a longer period.
If you are clenching or grinding your teeth, you can’t stop on your own. Get some help and relief from your dentist. To find out more about Botox and other treatments for teeth clenching, call Dr. Dawn M. Rickert of New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA, at (215) 862-2525. Call today!