As we go through life, many people experience an increase in clenching and grinding their teeth. Whether this is due to stress or just a result of increased muscle activity, botox is a safe, non-invasive option for patients looking to alleviate symptoms and prevent further damage to their teeth.
Botox to Fix Gummy Smiles, Bruxism and TMJ Conditions
A “gummy smile” occurs when patients display an excess of tissue above their teeth when they smile. A small amount of botox can be injected into the upper lip to relax these muscles and lessen the show of soft tissue, producing a more aesthetically pleasing smile.
Additionally, Botox can be used to treat conditions involving the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and grinding of teeth, also known as bruxism. A series of minor injections help relax the facial muscles around the temporomandibular joint—the joint specifically affected. Headaches that may be caused by jaw clenching, grinding teeth or lockjaw can be effectively reduced or eliminated with Botox, providing substantial relief.
At Cary Dental Associates, our team has extensive training in the muscle and skeletal structures of the face, and we know precisely where to place injections to treat the muscles associated with common dental issues. Once we identify the necessary injection sites, we will quickly administer Botox. Anesthesia is not required, as the procedure causes minimal discomfort.
After your appointment, you can return to your normal activities immediately. There may be mild bruising at the injection site(s), but it should fade within a few days. Full results typically become visible within anywhere from days up to a few weeks after treatment and will last for months.
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