Putnam Dental Associates is pleased to now offer the use of BOTOX therapy for a variety of ailments, including (but not limited to) temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ Disorder) and bruxism.
In short, BOTOX interrupts the muscle contraction either by eliminating the contraction altogether, or reducing the intensity of the contraction, depending on the dosage used. The effects can last up to three months. Gradually, the muscle returns to its full function and with no side effects altogether.
When used with a properly trained injector, BOTOX can be used for a number of dental therapeutic procedures that can relieve pain and can retrain muscles, ultimately enhancing most dental treatment plans. These procedures, when used for therapeutic purposes, are often covered by medical insurance.
The use of BOTOX for TMJ Disorder symptoms has been used for many years. More than not, TMJ Disorder has been used as a description for any pain of the jaw and facial muscles which can be associated with facial pain, headaches, cervical spine disorders and earaches. Research has shown that 80% of patients have some sort of TMJ Disorder and require treatment (source: facialesthetics.org). Unfortunately, treatment for relieving symptoms has been limited, at best - until now.
The use of BOTOX is now routinely used in helping patients with Bruxism. Bruxism is a term used to describe the clenching and grinding of teeth. Often occurring at night, Bruxism is often linked to psychological stress, which will ultimately lead to the destruction of otherwise healthy dentition, increased periodontal disease, can cause TMJ Disorder, and is the source of headaches and facial pain. The relief of BOTOX treatment can help eliminate facial pain, dramatically reduce TMJ Disorder symptoms and greatly help the associated treatment of periodontal disease, because Bruxism is greatly reduced.
If you suffer from facial pain, headaches, periodontal disease, or would like more information on how BOTOX can help you, please give us a call and schedule a complimentary consultation.