BOTOX® Cosmetic Can Eliminate Wrinkles and Improve Jaw Pain
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a safe and effective way to smooth facial wrinkles and also treat TMJ disorder (TMD) symptoms. If you suffer from severe jaw pain or have a desire to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles around your mouth and eyes, you may enjoy the results that this popular cosmetic treatment can provide. The Jersey City Dental office is near the Grove Street PATH station for convenient treatment in Jersey City, NJ.
What Is BOTOX® Cosmetic?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an injectable made from botulinum A toxin that is derived from a purified protein known as Clostridium botulinum. When injected into the skin’s underlying muscle tissue, it paralyzes the muscle movement by blocking the nerve pulses from signaling muscle contractions. Although primarily used for cosmetic purposes as a nonsurgical way to treat fine lines and wrinkles, dentists now use this injectable to help alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder.
Aesthetic Benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic
Considered to be the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment in the U.S., BOTOX® Cosmetic can help minimize the signs of aging caused by facial muscles repeatedly frowning, smiling, and concentrating. It can address a variety of facial aesthetic concerns, such as:
- Forehead lines
- Furrowed brows between the eyes
- Smile lines around the mouth and the base of the nose
- Wrinkles around the eyes (crow’s feet)
Treating TMJ and Bruxism
Since BOTOX® Cosmetic relaxes muscles, it has proven to be a successful treatment for alleviating headaches, jaw tension, and facial pain often caused by TMJ disorder (TMD) and bruxism (teeth grinding and jaw clenching). When injected into the jaw muscles connected to the temporomandibular joints, the hinge joints located in front of the ears, it relaxes the muscles and eases the intensity of the muscle contractions, providing significant relief. You may be a good candidate if you have:
- Chronic headaches or migraines
- Jaw muscle spasms
- Jaw pain
- Jaw tension
- Chronic facial pain
What to Expect during and after Treatment
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in about 15 minutes in our Jersey City Dental office. During your initial consultation, one of our dentists will discuss your cosmetic goals and health concerns to determine the treatment’s viability for your particular case. Due to the ease of treatment, the dentist can administer BOTOX® Cosmetic during a routine checkup and cleaning, or even a quick appointment during your lunch break.
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a minimally invasive procedure that can be performed in about 15 minutes.
Before treatment, the dentist will numb the area with a topical anesthetic. Once you are comfortable, we will insert a small needle below the surface of your skin to inject BOTOX® Cosmetic into the underlying muscles.
After treatment, you may experience some soreness, swelling, and bruising near the injection sites for the first few days, but can resume normal activities immediately. Taking an over-the-counter pain reliever and applying a cool compress can help reduce side effects. In less than one week, you will begin to notice improved results. In most cases, patients can enjoy results anywhere from three to four months before re-treatment is necessary.
Contact Jersey City Dental Today
If you are looking for a minimally invasive way to eliminate jaw pain or minimize fine lines and wrinkles, contact our office today to learn more about the benefits of BOTOX® Cosmetic. You can reach us online or by calling (201) 332-0403 to schedule a consultation with one of our doctors.