Northwest Arkansas Family Dental
Fayetteville, AR Dentist

How Does BOTOX® Help With Jaw Pain?

Though BOTOX® is FDA approved for reducing facial wrinkles, many of our Fayetteville, AR patients with jaw pain or bruxism (a teeth grinding habit), ask us about the uses for BOTOX® to reduce muscle pain.

To understand why BOTOX® provides relief from the symptoms of TMJD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction), it is essential to know how it works when injected into muscles.

BOTOX® Relaxes Muscles

For anti-wrinkle treatment, Dr. Wade Kifer injects minute amounts of botulinum A toxin into the muscles underlying the skin. BOTOX® gently relaxes the muscles over the course of a few days. 

When used regularly, BOTOX® reduces wrinkles by relaxing those muscles that we use every day. When appropriately applied, your face will still maintain expression, but because the muscles are not as powerful, wrinkles and folds in the skin begin to smooth. 

The same concept holds true when treating jaw and facial muscles that hold tension or become inflamed due to overuse, such as with teeth grinding. Finding a Fayetteville, AR dentist skilled in BOTOX® injections can mean fewer headaches and less pain associated with the TMJs.

Why Dentists Are a Great Choice for BOTOX®

While many spas and salons offer BOTOX® injections, dentists have extensive training in the facial and jaw muscles that go far beyond the education required by aestheticians. Their experience and knowledge of the jaw and face muscles reduces the likelihood of unwanted side effects or overdoing the treatment.

Dr. Kifer will start with a conservative dose and adjust the amount of BOTOX® he uses based on your results and feedback. Give us a call to learn more about how you can find relief from painful muscles and reduce the look of boxy jaw muscles due to chronic teeth grinding.