Long before Botox® injections were used to beautify the face, they were used for medical purposes. Increasingly, Botox is used as an alternative treatment for teeth grinding, TMJ (temporo-mandibular joint) disorders and associated jaw tension and pain. Botox weakens the masseter muscle whose over-activity is responsible for grinding. Related problems of TMJ pain and headaches also improve dramatically. The injections often eliminate loss of tooth enamel resulting from teeth grinding, and, in cases of severe stress, Botox can even minimize lock jaw.
Spastic muscles or muscles that clench involuntarily can cause extreme discomfort and embarrassment. Botox Therapeutic — delivered directly to problematic muscles via injections — can relieve facial tics, involuntary teeth clenching, and other medical problems. Patients typically get three to four months of relief after just one treatment. Dr. Darvish can reduce or eliminate symptoms associated with teeth grinding and TMJ with a few quick, and pain free injections.