When muscle relaxers and over-the-counter pain medication aren’t enough to reduce your jaw pain and facial sensitivity, it’s time to consider other options. At LianaSmiles in Staten Island, New York, Liana Stein, DDS, can use Botox® to help reduce pain and discomfort in your face or jaw. Call or book an appointment online to learn more.

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How is Botox used by a Dentist?

Traditionally recommended by dermatologists for the treatment of wrinkles and fine lines, Botox can also be used to reduce jaw pain and facial sensitivity.

In dentistry, Botox acts as a muscle relaxer to loosen your jaw and calm your facial muscles, which can minimize the effects of uncomfortable conditions, such as:

  • Teeth grinding (bruxism).
  • TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder).
  • Facial sensitivity.
  • Chronic headaches.

After just one appointment, you should start to feel pain relief and less tension around your face and jaw.

Botox FAQs

How does Botox help bruxism and TMJ?

Botox is most commonly used in dentistry to lessen the symptoms of both bruxism and TMJ. It can help reduce a wide range of symptoms, including:

  • Tooth pain.
  • Jaw pain.
  • Jaw tension.
  • Tension headaches.
  • Swollen gums.
  • Facial sensitivity.
  • Daytime drowsiness.
  • Inner ear pain.

Dr. Stein can use Botox injections to help you stop clenching your jaw and grinding your teeth. Injections may also help relieve overactive muscles in your face.

Can my dentist use Botox to improve my appearance?

Even if you don’t suffer from teeth grinding or TMJ, Dr. Stein can still use Botox to help address your cosmetic concerns. She can use Botox to smooth out fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth to improve your appearance.

Botox can enhance how you look without changing the shape of your smile. It’s a simple procedure that can soften your features. In addition to framing your smile, Botox can be used to slim your jawline without having to make an appointment with a plastic surgeon.

Botox does not affect your ability to chew, and it can be used to complement other cosmetic dentistry procedures, such as veneers, teeth whitening, and orthodontics.

Am I a good Botox candidate?

Whether you suffer from teeth grinding, TMJ, or you just want to polish your smile; Botox can help solve many of your dental and cosmetic concerns. You should not use Botox if you are:

  • Under age 18.
  • Allergic to Botox.
  • Suffering from heart disease or heart arrhythmia.
  • Prone to incontinence.

To find out if you are a good candidate for Botox, call or book an appointment online with LianaSmiles today.

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