The areas typically treated with Botox® for wrinkles are the forehead, between the eyes, around the corners of the eyes, and around the lips. The effects of Botox® last approximately three to four months, at which time the patient will require retreatment. Botox® has important clinical uses as an adjunct in facial pain and bruxism cases for patients with chronic TMJ and orofacial pain. Botox injections are being used more frequently in dental offices as "off label" treatments for more troublesome maladies such as TMD. Studies have shown patients who received these injections experienced significant improvement in pain, function, ability to open their mouth and levels of tenderness to palpation. Only your dentist can determine if you are a candidate for this treatment, the frequency of injections will depend on the severity of your condition.
Botox is an injectable muscle relaxer. It uses Onabotulinumtoxin A to temporarily weaken the muscles deep inside the face. If Botox is used in your masseter muscles (near your cheekbones) it can manage facial pain and soreness. The primary uses for masseter Botox is to manage teeth grinding, reduce jaw tension, relieve headaches and reduce clenching. As the botulinum toxin weakens the masseter, it relaxes the jaw. This stops the jaw and teeth from involuntarily clenching which can grant much needed relief for the patient.