Botox in Washington, D.C.
Blossom Dentistry provides BOTOX treatment in the Foggy Bottom neighborhood of Washington, DC. Call us today at 202-922-2900 to schedule an appointment.
BOTOX is well-known for smoothing out the crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead wrinkles that come with age. While these are the most common uses for botulinum toxin, we also know that it can be effective in treating migraines, hyperhidrosis, and TMJ disorder, among other conditions. At Blossom Dentistry, we provide BOTOX injections to treat a number of different issues.
Why See a Dentist for BOTOX?
If you need cosmetic BOTOX injections, you may wonder why you should choose a dentist over another medical professional. The answer is simple: dentists have in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and musculature. Because BOTOX works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles, we have special insight into where it should be injected and what its effects will be.
BOTOX for TMJ Disorder, Jaw Clenching, and Teeth Grinding
The same way BOTOX relaxes facial muscles to smooth lines and wrinkles, it can also relax facial muscles to ease the tension that causes TMJ disorder. We use BOTOX to treat TMD, tooth grinding, and jaw clenching.
If night guards and splints are not effective, the next line of treatment for TMD traditionally involves surgery—replacement of the temporomandibular joint, arthrocentesis, or full mouth reconstruction. BOTOX gives us a more conservative, minimally invasive alternative to these surgical procedures. Furthermore, BOTOX injections are more effective at relieving symptoms than surgery. According to a study on the use of BOTOX for TMJ disorder, 91 percent of patients experienced symptom relief with BOTOX injections.
BOTOX is an outpatient procedure with little-to-no side effects. It’s done right in our dental office. When used to treat TMJ disorder, a course of three treatments is typically needed. Each of these appointments is 30-minutes long. Because more muscles are involved, BOTOX for jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and TMD involves more injections than BOTOX for fine lines and wrinkles.
During your BOTOX treatment for TMD, we will inject the muscle in the jaw that is overactive and contributing to TMD. Anesthesia and sedation are not needed for this treatment, and you’ll be able to return to work the same day.
You may experience soreness, redness, and some bruising at the injection sites after the procedure. These symptoms can be treated with cold compresses and over-the-counter pain relievers. Typically, patients experience improvement in their TMD symptoms within 7-10 days of their injections.
BOTOX is not a permanent solution for TMD. The effects of the injections will begin to wear off in about four months and then re-treatment is needed for continued symptom relief.
Is BOTOX for teeth grinding covered by insurance?
BOTOX for teeth grinding may be covered by medical insurance, but as of now is not covered by dental insurance. For many patients, BOTOX is worth the cost because of the relief it provides them, but if you’re concerned about the cost involved, we can work with you to try alternative solutions like a night guard.
Does BOTOX help with clenching?
Yes, BOTOX is effective for relaxing your jaw muscles to prevent jaw clenching. If you suffer chronic headaches or migraines due to jaw clenching, BOTOX injections can often dramatically reduce the frequency and severity of your headaches.
How long does BOTOX for teeth grinding last?
BOTOX for teeth grinding usually lasts for three to four months, although this can vary from one patient to the next.
Does BOTOX really work for TMJ?
Yes, BOTOX has proven to be one of the most effective treatment options for TMJ disorder. If you’ve suffered with chronic TMJ pain for months or even years, BOTOX can be life-changing!
When do you need BOTOX for TMJ?
BOTOX is usually recommended for TMJ if other treatment options haven’t provided relief. Usually we recommend trying self-managed care (warm compresses, soft food diets during flare-ups, etc.) and night guards before using BOTOX injections.
Is it safe to get BOTOX from a dentist?
Absolutely! Dentists have advanced training in facial anatomy and an in-depth understanding of the muscles in the face, which means they are highly qualified when it comes to administering BOTOX.