What Is Botox?
Botox is a concentrated protein made from Clostridium botulinum. It falls into a category called Botulinum toxins, which specifically affect muscle activity. This protein is injected into many areas of the face, such as near the temporomandibular joint, or around the eyes.
Botox has a very specific effect on the muscles. When injected, Botox actually works to block transmitters between the muscle and the motor nerves that direct it to tense or relax. The inability to contract also makes the muscle unable to carry problematic tension.
This can allow for rest and healing in a damaged area, such as the temporomandibular joint. It can also relax the jaw in such a way that reduces or prevents severe tooth grinding and clenching.
The full effects of a Botox injection are usually noticeable within a few days, and the effects of Botox for TMJ can last three to four months.
What Is Xeomin?
Xeomin is actually very similar to Botox, and it is used in much the same way. It is also a protein synthesized from Clostridium botulinum, although it is made a little bit differently.
Xeomin actually does not have to be refrigerated, which makes transportation and distribution much easier. Its full effects also show up within a few days, and they can last anywhere from three to six months.
Botulinum Toxin Procedures
Both Xeomin and Botox are used for a number of very useful procedures.
Aesthetically, these injections can reduce crow’s feet, frown lines, forehead lines, dimples, and muscle mass in the jaw. This is all due to the relaxed muscle tension caused by the transmitter blockers.
However, both of these treatments also have a number of excellent dental applications. They can be used to treat:
- Temporomandibular Disorders.
- Bruxism (or teeth clenching and grinding).
- Migraine Relief.
- Chronic Orofacial Pain Relief.
Botox for TMJ: Treating the Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) is actually one of the most popular dental uses for Botox.TMJ disorders are largely healed through easing stress on the joint, thus allowing it to relax. Using Botox for TMJ is highly effective at accomplishing this.
Are Botox or Xeomin Right for Me?
Some considerations for Botox or Xeomin injection candidacy might be:
- If you are between ages 18 and 65.
- If you do not have issues with injections.
- If you have been diagnosed with chronic headaches.
- If you have experienced pain from a TMJ disorder.
- If you are concerned about wrinkles and fine lines.
- If you are in good overall health.
If you are interested in this procedure, talk to us about your options. We’ll be happy to arrange a consultation for you in order to individually determine what your needs and risks might be.
Botox with Create a Smile Dentistry
If you have any questions at all about our Botox or Xeomin injections, feel free to contact us today.