Botulinum toxin (Botox® and similar agents) is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium A. Botulinum toxin can relax the muscles on areas of the face and neck which cause wrinkles associated with facial expressions or facial pain.

Treatment with botulinum toxin can cause your facial expression lines or wrinkles to be less noticeable or essentially disappear.

Botox and Dentistry

BOTOX® has been increasingly used as an alternative treatment for TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. When injected into facial muscles afflicted with soreness and discomfort, BOTOX® relieves TMJ, jaw tension, and teeth grinding for many patients.

As a non-surgical procedure, the 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.

Areas most frequently treated are:

  • glabellar area of frown lines between the eyes
  • crow’s feet (lateral areas of the eyes)
  • forehead wrinkles
  • radial lip lines (smokers lines)
  • head and neck muscles