Did you know that we offer Botox at Boger Dental?
It’s a newer addition to our service offerings. While it’s mainly used for cosmetic purposes, it can also be used to treat chronic migraines and jaw pain.
Physicians, nurses, and dentists are allowed to administer Botox. “Dentists know the most about the head and neck,” says Dr. Kristi, so offering Botox “just makes sense.”
Here are three times when Botox may be right for you.
1. Botox for Cosmetic Purposes
Do you want a brilliant, youthful smile?
Sometimes, routine dental care isn’t enough. Cosmetic dentistry can help you fix chipped, cracked, and discolored teeth.
Unfortunately, when you fix one problem, another becomes apparent. Many patients who receive cosmetic dentistry treatments report feeling more self-conscious about other facial flaws and imperfections.
Your solution for frown lines, crow’s feet, and other wrinkles? Botox. It’s a great option to get rid of active lines caused by muscle movement.
2. Botox for Migraines
Migraines can be debilitating. Whether migraines have affected your ability to work, attend school, or commit to social plans, you know that the effects can seep over into all aspects of your life. Suffering from chronic pain can take a toll on your physical health, as well as your mental health.
Finding a cure for migraines can be a long, frustrating process. From reducing triggers to prescribing pain relievers, there are a variety of approaches your doctor may recommend.
In 2010, the FDA approved Botox as a treatment option for chronic migraines. Chronic migraines are migraines which occur 15 or more days per month.
Researchers still aren’t entirely sure how Botox helps prevent migraines. However, it’s usually thought that Botox reduces contraction of muscles causing pain.
What can you expect if you choose Botox to treat chronic migraines?
Your treatment will start with two sessions 12 weeks apart. If Botox is effective for you, your dentist will usually recommend you continue with treatments every twelve weeks.
Thinking about going this route? Keep in mind that Botox is a preventive treatment option, so it decreases the chance that migraines will occur in the future and is not a treatment option for occasional headaches.
What should you do if you feel a migraine coming? Try these tips from Mayo Clinic.
3. Botox for Jaw Pain
Do you suffer from Temporomandibular Jaw Disorder (TMJ Disorder)?
As we’ve written before, TMJ Disorder can cause pounding headaches, a locking jaw, dizziness, a misaligned bite, and other symptoms. Since the temporomandibular joint is the most frequently used joint in the body, symptoms can be severe.
At Boger, we recommend a neuromuscular treatment for TMJ Disorder. Neuromuscular dentistry doesn’t just mask symptoms - it finds and addresses the causes of your TMJ Disorder.
Sometimes, though, TMJ symptoms are unbearable, and pain has to be managed during the treatment process. Botox can help you manage symptoms as you and your dentist work towards a long-term fix.
How does Botox reduce TMJ and jaw pain? Botox causes temporary muscle paralysis, which can allow these muscles to relax, decreasing symptoms and giving them a chance to heal.
Is Botox Right for You?
If you want to decrease the number of migraines you get, relieve jaw pain, or simply achieve a more youthful appearance, Botox may be right for you.
Schedule a consultation today! We’ll help you get the beautiful, pain-free smile you need and deserve!