Botox® for Headaches, Facial Pain, TMJ Disorder & Bruxism
In addition to relaxing muscles, Botox injections have an aesthetic effect. This can naturally slim the face and narrow the appearance of a wide jaw. Vitto Dental can provide soothing spa treatments conveniently during your dental appointment. So you achieve more youthful-looking skin or replace facial volume you’ve lost over the years. In addition, Dr. Vitto is trained to treat facial muscles and bones in and around your mouth, providing painless treatments with minimal discomfort.
Dr. Vitto also has extensive knowledge of the facial areas surrounding the smile and has perfected giving painless anesthetic and Botox injections. She has found that Botox is effective for treating headaches, facial pain, TMJ pain and grinding/clenching teeth, also known as bruxism.
When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, BOTOX® relieves TMJ and jaw tension for many patients. The injections often eliminate headaches resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, BOTOX® can even minimize lock jaw. Although BOTOX® treatment for these conditions is presently experimental; evidence indicates that it can be extremely effective.
How Does BOTOX® Treat Jaw Tension and TMJ Disorder?
Located on both sides of the head at the point where the jawbone meets the skull, the temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and other everyday activities. If this joint becomes displaced or is overworked through excessive teeth grinding, a person may suffer severe tension headaches, as well as sharp pain in the jaw. BOTOX® relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.
The BOTOX® alternative treatment for TMJ disorders and jaw tension is usually quick, straightforward, and effective. A non-surgical procedure, BOTOX® injections are administered in a doctor’s office and treatment requires no hospital stay. Most patients experience noticeable improvement within one or two days of their first treatment, although relief can take up to a week.
BOTOX® Treatment for a 'Gummy Smile'.
A "gummy smile" is a subjective diagnosis that shows above average variability over your smile. When patients identify gum display as an area of concern, Dr. Vitto will be able to determine the cause/s to present treatment options. Toxin botulin treatments are a great alternative to cosmetic surgery to temporary repair the over exposure of your gums. Injections go directly into the lip tissue, as long as the problem is with the lip and not the bone. Dr. Vitto's high education in facial anatomy and thorough consultations provide the necessary tools for proper diagnosis and treatment.
We can perform aesthetic treatments during routine dental visits, including "lunch break Botox treatments."