El Paso Botox® goes to work quickly to relieve symptoms
If you have crushing headaches, jaw pain, or enamel wear due to chronic jaw clenching or grinding, your symptoms are curable with the latest advancements in modern medicine, including an experimental treatment called Botox® for TMJ disorders. Vista Hills Family Dental is a comprehensive dental practice in El Paso that specializes in minimally invasive therapies for TMJ disorders and headaches. While they offer many treatments that provide lasting symptom relief, they can help you easily navigate your options and make the ideal choice.
Bruxism refers to incessant grinding and clenching of the teeth, unintentionally, and at inappropriate times.
Factors such as stress, nervousness, anger, or frequent pain can all contribute to bruxism, although some individuals pick up the habit for no known reason.Signs of bruxism may include any of the following:
Botox®, widely known as a cosmetic wrinkle treatment, is a novel treatment for TMJ pain and headaches.
This neuromodulator has several prescribed uses. It works by blocking nerve signals to temporarily relax the muscle. Your dentist may administer Botox® injections into areas of the jaw and face to treat temporomandibular joint paint or alleviate headaches.
Botox® for TMJ disorders is considered an experimental treatment, although the research is promising.
Several maxillofacial studies note subjects who received Botox® had up to 90 percent improvement in TMJ symptoms, even after conservative treatments failed. FDA approval is pending, but is likely to happen eventually. To date, the agency has approved Botox® for a multitude of conditions, including chronic migraine, spasticity, and excessive perspiration, among others.
Botox is a fast, convenient, minimally invasive solution for TMJ and headaches.
It may also improve facial proportions by decreasing the size of an inflamed masseter muscle caused by an overworked TMJ. Early research demonstrates positive effects on the majority of users. As an outpatient procedure, you can receive Botox from the comfort of a treatment chair in Vista Hills’s relaxed, zen-like setting. There is no downtime afterward.
If you have headaches or pain associated with bruxism, you may be a candidate.
To learn more about Botox® for TMJ disorders, schedule your consultation at Vista Hills Family Dental. They will create a customized treatment plan to improve your symptoms so you can enjoy a better quality of life. Most patients eligible for Botox® can receive their treatment the same day.
What to Expect During Your Botox® treatment
Botox® takes place right in your dentist’s office. Your Vista Hills dentist may inject a small amount into the masseter muscle, located near the back of the jaw just below the ear. Depending on your symptoms, they may also inject Botox® into your forehead and temples. The injections are fast and well-tolerated by the vast majority of patients. Many are surprised to feel virtually no discomfort, just a quick pinch, and it is all over. The process usually takes ten to 30 minutes. You may need to have additional injections over several months.
There is no downtime. You can resume your day as usual after leaving your appointment. Mild tenderness, redness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site may occur. These side effects should resolve quickly. Avoid massaging the treated area, so the product doesn’t stray from the injection site.
After receiving Botox, most patients experience less jaw tension and fewer headaches. The results last approximately three months, at which point you should come in for a maintenance appointment.
You don’t have to live with pain from TMJ disorders or headaches.
Call Vista Hills Family Dental at (915) 592-2097 or use the booking link on this page to schedule your consultation with a highly qualified dentist who specializes in Botox® for TMJ and headaches in El Paso.
As a customized procedure, each patient’s treatment plan is unique. The cost ranges from $500 to $1,500 on average.
The injections cause minimal discomfort. Your Vista Hills dentist can provide you with an ice pack to numb the area first, although some patients do not find it is necessary.
In addition to teeth grinding or jaw clenching, arthritis, injury, and jaw misalignment can also contribute to TMJ pain.
Jaw tension release, heat packs, and avoiding chewing gum may temporarily relieve the pain. If that does not work, your dentist may suggest treatments such as Botox®, night guards, bite plates, or prescription muscle relaxants.
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At Vista Hills Family Dental, the comfort of you and your family is our top priority. Our compassionate and caring service has one goal: to leave you smiling—with the smile you’ve always wanted. The caring staff at Vista Hills Family Dental are experts in helping families achieve the best oral health, most beautiful smiles and most pleasant and comfortable dental experience possible. We offer cosmetic dentistry, restorative care, periodontal (gum) care, preventative care and dental care for infants and children. Schedule your consultation today and let our doctors provide you with the best dental care El Paso has to offer.