While facial rejuvenation is mostly recognized as a solution to aging skin and wrinkles, it can also help prevent chronic migraines and headaches before they even start as well as reduce muscle spasms in the face! These symptoms are often associated with TMJ disorder. When injected in the face or neck, Botox relaxes the muscles and blocks the nerve signals that are creating pain as a result of TMJ disorder. When relaxed, the movement of the muscles is reduced and tension relief is created in the jaw. Ultimately, this means reduced headaches, teeth grinding, clenching, jaw lock, soreness and pain — all thanks to Botox!
What is Botox? BOTOX® Cosmetic is an FDA-approved protein that is injected into various points in facial muscles for cosmetic and medical purposes, including but not limited to smoothing out the skin, relieving pain and tension, and improving facial appearance.
How does Botox work?
Once injected, Botox temporarily blocks nerve signals traveling to muscles in the injected area. This stops the muscles from contracting which leaves the muscles in a more relaxed state. These relaxed muscles then make it possible for the skin to soften and smooth out. When injected into areas that are causing pain, Botox reduces muscle movement and helps eliminate the soreness and pain.
• Gummy Smile: Reduces the appearance of the gums when smiling by relaxing the upper lip
• Facial Pain: Relaxes muscles that are causing pain due to tension
• Wrinkles & Crow’s Feet: Smooths out and relaxes the skin
• TMJ Treatment: Relieves tension in the jaw and reduces pain and soreness
• Headaches & Migraines: Reduces tension that triggers chronic migraines and headaches
• Clenching & Grinding: Relieves clenching and grinding of teeth caused subconsciously or by stress
Why go to a dentist for Botox treatment? It may seem odd for a dentist to offer Botox, but dentists already have extensive knowledge in facial muscles and tissues from their dental school training. With additional training and education, dentists are able to provide Botox with as good of results as any facial expert. Dr. Chris Havlik is not only trained in Botox treatment, but can add additional insight to how your oral health and facial aesthetics connect for a more comprehensive treatment plan.
How long does it last? Botox works quickly and you will start seeing results as soon as three days after your procedure. If it takes a little longer, don’t worry! It often can take up to two weeks for complete results to set in.
Because it is not a permanent procedure, Botox typically lasts three to four months. Periodic treatment is necessary in order to maintain a smooth appearance. Following your first treatment, we will get you scheduled on a 3-4 month treatment cycle. This will allow you to best maintain your results.