Botox Dentistry Los Angeles, CA
It may surprise many of our patients that we offer Botox treatments, which are well-known primarily for their ability to smooth out wrinkles on the face. However, we have found that these injections can also alleviate the tension in the jaw that causes pain and difficulty in even opening and closing the mouth.
The temporomandibular joints (aka TMJ) are the hinges that connect the lower jaw to the skull. You can feel them move if you put your fingers just in front of your earlobes and open and close your mouth. When they are malfunctioning, you will probably hear a popping sound, may have trouble even doing this, and could be experiencing pain when you try. There are many other possible symptoms of TMJ Disorder, which may include soreness of the face, neck, and shoulder muscles, severe headaches, occasional ringing in the ears, and dizziness.
Botox, a trade name for a purified and safe form of the botulinum toxin, can be injected in the TMJ area to help the jaw relax and return to its original, healthy position. According to the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, dentists are excellent at administering this because of their extensive experience with treating facial features and giving injections.
There are other treatment options we can provide for this, so if you believe you may be suffering from a dysfunctional TMJ, call Wilshire Smile Studio to set an appointment for a full dental examination.