When you think of Parke and Rogers Exceptional Dentistry, you might not think about us in terms of Botox. You are probably aware that our general dentistry, cosmetic dentistry, same-day crowns and bridges, and teeth-whitening services can help you look your best, but Botox for headaches and TMJ can help you feel your best, too.
Although some people believe that Botox is only used for cosmetic purposes, it also has some medical applications. Headaches and TMJ (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) can be related to dental problems and are sometimes even confused with toothache pain. Headaches may have a variety of causes such as a sinus condition, migraines, stress, tension, nighttime teeth grinding, or TMJ. In TMJ, the movement of the jawbone joint becomes abnormal. This can be due to an injury, arthritis, torn cartilage, or uneven bite alignment. Headaches caused by TMJ may be on one or both sides of your face, usually in the area of your temple. A headache caused by an infected tooth or sinus infection, on the other hand, is usually confined to the affected side of your face.
In most cases, the result is that the muscles in your mouth and jaw become locked in a tense state, which can cause you a great deal of pain and discomfort. Because many of these symptoms are related to stress, tension or teeth clenching, a possible remedy may be the use of a neurotoxin treatment such as Botox Botulinum Toxin Type A or Xeomin Botulinum Neurotoxin Type A.
If you are experiencing pain due to headaches or TMJ, set an appointment to visit one of our dentists, Dr. Stephanie Parke or Dr. Renee Rogers. Your dentist will talk to you about the pain you are feeling, ask you about other possible causes for your headaches and perform a thorough examination of your teeth, mouth, gums and jaws to pinpoint your exact problem.
If our Woodlands dentist decides that you can benefit from the relaxing effects of Botox, she will discuss the procedure with you and answer any questions you may have. The doctor will inject the neurotoxin directly into the affected facial muscles around your jaw, forehead and temples. This allows the muscles in those areas to relax, easing the tension you are feeling. Some patients experience mild side effects which our doctors monitor carefully, but most patients feel results within just a few moments.
Many patients report that they are pain-free for up to three months as a result of receiving a Botox treatment for headaches and TMJ. An added benefit to the symptom relief is that the injection may also improve your appearance because it helps to reduce the wrinkles on your face. Parke & Rogers Dentistry is located at 9191 Pinecroft Drive, Suite 270 in The Woodlands, Texas. Visit our website at https://www.parkerogersdentistry.com, call 281-419-2632, or email info@ParkeRogersDentistry.com to set an appointment or learn more about using Botox to relieve the pain of headaches and TMJ.