The Dental Uses for Botox
By Dawn M. Rickert, DMD, MAGD
September 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Botox  

Botox could do more than take years off your appearance—it could also help with TMJ disorder.

When people think of Botox, they often think about this injectable treatment’s ability to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles to give people Botoxyounger-looking skin. However, Botox has become quite a versatile treatment that can do more than just make your skin look amazing. Here at New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA, your dentist, Dr. Dawn Rickert, has been using Botox to help those dealing with TMJ disorder, jaw pain, and tension headaches—read on to learn why and how.


What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder, which stands for the temporomandibular joint, is the joint that’s responsible for every jaw movement. If you find yourself dealing with issues such as pain, stiffness, or clicking in the jaw, then you could be dealing with TMJ disorder.


What is Botox?

Botox is a cosmetic injectable treatment that uses a purified form of botulinum toxin to help relax the muscles of the face to smooth away certain lines and wrinkles. Once administered, the FDA-endorsed neurotoxin interrupts the signals that cause the muscles to contract. The effects of Botox last about 3-4 months, but patients may choose to turn to their New Hope, PA, general dentist for maintenance treatments if they are happy with the results.


How does Botox treat TMJ disorder?

Since Botox works by affecting the nerve signals sent from the brain to the muscles, it can ease tension, reduce pain signals, and even prevent headaches from forming. By stopping the muscles of the jaws from working overtime, you can also reduce soreness and muscle fatigue.


What should I expect when I get Botox?

When you come into our New Hope office for treatment, we will administer several thin needles into the muscles of the jaws. This only takes a few minutes to administer and causes absolutely no downtime. You should start to notice an improvement in your symptoms within a few days after treatment.


Interested? Contact us

Are you living with painful TMJ disorder and having trouble getting your symptoms under control? If so, New Hope Dentistry is here to help. Call us today at (215) 862-2525 to let us know that you are interested in how Botox can treat your jaw pain.