The Royersford Dentist Offers BOTOX® Therapeutic Dentistry for TMJ Treatment In Spring-Ford, Limerick, Phoenixville, Trappe, Pottstown, and Collegeville
We provide comprehensive, effective TMJ therapy. Although there are multiple causes and treatments for TMJ pain, many patients can find relief from BOTOX® injections into overactive jaw muscles. Many people suffer from symptoms of jaw pain and headaches, which may be caused by problems with the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). If left untreated, the grinding and clenching that are associated with temporomandibular disorder (TMD) may cause damage to the teeth, jaw joints, and gums. Fortunately, we offer TMJ treatment with BOTOX® injections at our cosmetic dentistry practice serving Royersford and the surrounding areas of Philadelphia, which can ease the symptoms associated with TMD.
BOTOX® Therapeutic dentistry is a popular treatment that is used to immobilize the facial muscles that cause wrinkles. It is also effective for relaxing muscles in the jaw that cause some of the most common symptoms of TMD, including clenching and grinding of the teeth. Dr. Paster administers a few quick BOTOX® injections into the targeted area to relax the jaw muscles and ease these symptoms for several weeks.
If you are experiencing migraine headaches, pain in the neck, shoulder, or jaw, popping or clicking when moving your jaw, or ringing in the ears, you may be suffering from TMD. If you are interested in learning more about BOTOX® Therapeutic dentistry and TMJ treatment, contact our practice to schedule a consultation with Dr. Paster today.
What Else Can BOTOX® Do For Patients?
The areas that BOTOX® is commonly used for smoothing of facial wrinkles are the forehead, between the eyes (glabellar region), and around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet and around the lips. Dr. Paster has been trained in treating all of these esthetic areas to help complete your smile makeover! BOTOX® is also used to complement esthetic dentistry cases, as a minimally invasive alternative to surgically treating high lip line cases, denture patients who have trouble adjusting to new dentures, lip augmentation, and has uses in orthodontic cases where retraining of the facial muscles is necessary. No other healthcare provider has the capability to help patients in so many areas as do dentists.
Aside from these common uses for BOTOX®, Dr. Paster often can use injections to treat certain cases of “gummy smiles”. In these patients, the cause of their gummy smile is from an overactive upper lip. Putting the muscles that control this extreme movement to sleep with BOTOX® can often resolve this issue for these patients
What is BOTOX®?
BOTOX® is a trade name for botulinum toxin, which comes in the form of a purified protein. The mechanism of action for BOTOX® is really quite simple. BOTOX® is injected into the facial muscles but really doesn’t affect the muscle at all. Botulinum toxin affects and blocks the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle. There is no loss of sensory feeling in the muscles. Once the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle cannot contract. When that muscle does not contract, the dynamic motion that causes wrinkles in the skin will stop. The skin then starts to smooth out, and in approximately three to ten days after treatment, the skin above those muscles becomes nice and smooth. The effects of BOTOX® last for approximately three to four months, at which time the patient needs retreatment.
Dr. Eric Paster is The Royersford Dentist that also services Spring-Ford, Limerick, Phoenixville, Trappe, Pottstown, Collegeville and more. He specializes in multiple dental procedures ranging from Invisalign to Crowns and Bridges. Call us now for any questions (610) 948-8518. To see a full list of our services and procedures, visit our services and procedures page here.