Botulinum Toxin, more commonly known as BOTOX®, is a neurotoxin in the form of a purified protein that is injected into one’s facial muscles and blocks neurotransmitters that relax facial muscles. BOTOX® is often known for helping smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, but it also is incredibly helpful for patients who are experiencing dental issues including bruxism or TMJ.
When one receives BOTOX®, there is no loss of sensory feelings in the muscles, but rather, BOTOX® blocks motor nerve endings which means facial muscles do not contract, allowing for wrinkles to smooth out.
Where is BOTOX® placed?
Typically, BOTOX® is injected near one’s forehead, between the eyes, around the corners of the eyes, around the lips and cheeks, all areas where wrinkles commonly form from muscle use. To treat common dental issues like bruxism or TMJ, BOTOX® is injected into the hairline and cheeks as well.
How long does BOTOX® last?
After injection, initial BOTOX® results take up to 2 to 10 days to notice, and last approximately three to four months (however, this time can vary pending the patient). After that three to four month period, retreatment is advised. In order for BOTOX® to be successful, its very important that the patient does not touch their face or manipulate the areas of injection for up to 2 hours post-treatment.
Who is a good candidate for BOTOX®?
In addition to its great cosmetic benefits, BOTOX® has important clinical uses as an adjunct in facial pain and bruxism cases for patients with chronic TMJ and orofacial pain. BOTOX® also helps complement cosmetic dental procedures, and is a solution for patients looking to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.
If you or a friend are experiencing constant pain due to bruxism or TMJ, you may be a candidate for BOTOX®.