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Botox treatment has recently found its place in dentistry for the treatment of oral conditions such as TMJ disorder, Bruxism, and Masseter Hypertrophy. Botox injections used in endodontics can help relieve pain associated with various conditions and procedures. Facial pain and muscle contractions, spasms, and compression are often due to muscle or joint malfunction, which are the two pressure points targeted in Botox therapy.
At Sondra Avant DDS, we offer Botox treatments for patients experiencing facial pain or muscle compression due to oral conditions. Our team can diagnose problem areas, identify their causes, and design a custom treatment plan that involves Botox for their specific needs. To learn more about the procedure or schedule an appointment, call (386) 304-4620 today.
How Botox is Used in Endodontics
Botox injections, called BoNT-A, have been used in the treatment of various oral and maxillofacial conditions. An article on Botox in dentistry found “promising results in management of muscle-generated dental diseases like Temporomandibular joint disorder, Bruxism, clenching, masseter hypertrophy, and used to treat functional or esthetic dental conditions like deep nasolabial folds, radial lip lines, high lip line, and black triangles between teeth.” The injection works by releasing acetylcholine, where the neuromuscular joints meet.
Releasing acetylcholine into pressure or pain areas reduces the intensity of contraction or compression in the muscle or joint. In fact, it may eliminate symptoms altogether. This provides pain relief and joint stimulation. Botox treatments last up to three weeks until the joint can properly function on its own.
Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorder
TMJ disorder occurs when the jaw joint and surrounding bones become compromised due to dysfunction. BoNT-A injected into the temporomandibular joint relieves the compression or pressure, causing pain or dysfunction. This allows the joint to relax and function independently over time.
TMJ disorder also causes muscle spasms and facial pain, which may be relieved by BoNT-A injections. According to American Academy of Facial Esthetics, “BoNT-A neurotoxins can be generally applied to a number of muscles of facial expression and mastication, including the masseter, temporalis, frontalis, procerus, corrugator, orbicularis oris, orbicularis oculi, mentalis, depressor anguli oris and pterygoid muscles.” The studies have found BoNT-A treatment to relieve pain symptoms resulting from facial muscle compression in up to 90% of patients.
Bruxism is a condition that describes constant grinding and clenching, especially when asleep. The constant pressure put on the jaw, bones, and teeth can eventually lead to involuntary muscle spasms. It can also cause TMJ dysfunction if the jawbone becomes compromised.
The natural botulinum toxin in the Botox injection used to treat Bruxism weakens the muscles and slows muscle spams associated with constant clenching. According to a study, Safety and Efficacy of Botox in Bruxism, “It is currently approved and used for the treatment of various conditions involving abnormal muscle spasms, such as neck twisting (torticollis), twitching of the face (hemifacial spasm) or eyes (blepharospasm), headaches, and muscles stiffness following strokes.” Botulinum toxin has been tried and found to be safe and effective in relieving involuntary spasms of the jaw muscles caused by Bruxism.
Masseter hypertrophy is a rare condition that refers to an enlargement of one or both masseter muscles, the muscles on the bottom of the face. This condition may cause misalignment issues, trismus, protrusion, and bruxism. In most cases, masseter hypertrophy presents esthetic issues that cannot be treated by relieving muscle spasms and symptoms alone. Botox is used for the reduction or elimination of the protruding facial muscles.
Botox treatments have recently been used in the treatment of masseter hypertrophy. A study on botulinum toxin type A for the treatment of masseter hypertrophy found that “the use of abobotulinum toxin A for the treatment of masseter hypertrophy at a dosage of 90 units is effective in lower facial remodeling.” Results also showed that patients with Bruxism saw 100% improvement in their symptoms.
Provides Muscle Training
Patients with dental conditions, systemic health conditions, or removable prosthodontics experience some amount of oral trauma that may cause tension to the facial muscles. This tension slowly inhibits the muscles to function properly, at times causing pain or dysfunction. BoNT-A treatments used in dentistry target pressure areas in the oral cavity to reduce or eliminate muscle contractions or spasms.
Hyperactive facial muscles cause difficulty keeping appliances in the mouth. This includes devices, such as retainers, mouthguards, dentures, and implants, often used to treat various oral conditions. BoNT-A injections provide the muscles with a relieving agent that allows it to gradually perform its natural function.
Schedule a Visit Today
Botox treatment is available at our office. The Sondra Avant DDS team looks forward to treating you and improving your oral health and smile. Call our office at (386) 304-4620 to learn more or schedule an appointment.
Frequently Asked Questions About Botox
How is Botox used in endodontic treatments?
The purpose of Botox in dentistry is to reduce muscle compression and contraction. Oral conditions, such as Bruxism, TMJ disorder, and masseter hypertrophy, cause pressure and strain the muscles, which can lead to more complications. Botox treatment administers relaxing agents that allow the muscles to release tension and open up the airways.
Are endodontists qualified to administer Botox treatments?
A dentist is capable and qualified to treat patients with Botox treatments with the proper training. As dentists are exceptionally versed in the study of muscle anatomy and function, they are well aware of the preciseness of treatment and its effects. We have the appropriate training and experience required to administer Botox treatments to qualified patients.
Where do they inject Botox for endodontic treatment?
The injection site for Botox treatment is determined by the patient’s case. Patients experiencing pain or muscle contractions, stiffness, or compression may require an injection in the jaw muscles. For other conditions, we may administer the injection in the upper lip, cheek, or forehead. This will be explained during the consultation appointment.
Who is not a good candidate for Botox treatment?
Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding should not get Botox treatment. Also, those with a neurological disease are not good candidates for the treatment. It is advisable to speak with your doctor or endodontist about all medications you are currently taking, especially blood thinners, muscle relaxants, sleeping aids, and allergy medications.
What happens when Botox is injected?
When a Botox injection is administered, the specific toxin used targets the muscles causing pain. It sends signals to the brain to prompt release of pressure and initiate decompression. This allows the muscles to both relax and heal on its own to be able to function independently over time.
Are Botox injections painful?
In some cases, patients are given a topical or local anesthetic depending on the site location, severity of the condition, and the patient’s pain tolerance. However, we generally recommend Botox injections without anesthesia unless requested since they cause little to no pain. The injection itself is fairly quick and many patients feel it is similar to a bug bite or a tiny prick.
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