BOTOX® for Rejuvenation and TMJ Disorders in Northborough

The Northborough Family Dental team is dedicated to providing leading-edge therapies to improve our patients’ oral health and overall well-being. That’s why we offer BOTOX® for both facial rejuvenation and TMJ disorder therapy for our friends and neighbors in Shrewsbury, Westborough, Marlborough, Southborough, Framingham, Berlin, and Grafton.

Years ago, most people considered BOTOX injections an experimental approach to muscular and facial-related conditions. But its popularity has resulted in a better than 40 percent increase in BOTOX therapies between 2015 and 2020. While most people associate BOTOX with cosmetic results, researchers at Northwest University found that about half of BOTOX recipients sought out treatment for health-related issues. It also treats many conditions, including chronic migraines, bladder dysfunction, and facial twitching.northborough woman holding jaw from TMJ pain

BOTOX is also effective for treating several oral health conditions at your Northborough dental office.

What Is BOTOX and How Does It Work?

BOTOX is a short-hand for botulinum toxin, which causes a mild and temporary paralysis in the muscles where the toxin is injected. This effect is why the medical community first recognized BOTOX as a wrinkle-reducing treatment. When administered by qualified professionals, BOTOX injections minimize the appearance of fine lines around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. Muscle contractions cause these wrinkles in your face, and by relaxing those muscles, your skin appears smoother and more supple.

BOTOX for Facial Rejuvenation Treatments

The FDA has approved BOTOX for professional use to diminish the appearance of facial wrinkles and lines around the eyes, mouth, and forehead. In addition, your dentist has received extensive training in the structure, location, and function of the muscles in your face. This experience helps ensure that we administer your injections precisely for safe and noticeable results.

Dr. Alex Moheban may recommend BOTOX to address the following facial cosmetic problems:

  • Crows feet
  • Frown and upper lip lines
  • Sagging chin or jowls
  • Furrowed brow lines
  • Creases around the mouth

BOTOX Treatments for TMJ Disorders and Bruxism

Along with its cosmetic impacts, researchers began to recognize how BOTOX could be used to treat other muscular disorders within your mouth and face. This has led to effective therapies to help address conditions of your jaw joint, also known as your temporomandibular joint (TMJ), and bruxism, which is chronic teeth grinding.

northborough woman smiling Both bruxism and TMJ disorders cause pain in your jaw and facial muscles, interrupt sleep, and lead to multiple dental issues due to the constant wear on tooth enamel and chewing surfaces. If they go untreated, it’s common for these disorders to result in broken teeth, a misaligned bite, and dental cavities.

As therapy, your dentist will inject a small amount of BOTOX into the muscles around your jaws, especially the masseter muscle, which you primarily use for chewing. Other injections may be administered into the frontalis and temporalis muscles if your dentist wishes to target those areas as well. By reducing the muscle contraction that leads to clenching, the BOTOX injections may also lessen the pain and tension of the muscles associated with your jaws.

You will begin to notice the effects of your BOTOX injections between one and three days after treatments. The effects last for an average of four months, but the relaxing effects may last up to half a year. Dr. Moheban’s team will review your medical history and devise a treatment plan personalized to your needs.

BOTOX Guidelines

If you decide to take advantage of our professional and effective BOTOX therapies, we advise you to follow a few simple guidelines to keep the side effects to a minimum:

  • Avoid any activities or treatments that might cause skin inflammation or abrasions in the injection area
  • Refrain from consuming alcohol or any other blood-thinning agents 24 hours before injections to avoid bruising
  • If you use a Retin-A skin treatment, discontinue use at least 48 hours before injection
  • Minimize use of over-the-counter medications that have blood-thinning properties, such as NSAIDs

We advise you to schedule your BOTOX injections at least two weeks before any public function such as a wedding or business conference for facial rejuvenation treatments. This way, any minor bruising will have time to diminish, leaving only the smoothing and attractive effects of your treatment.

BOTOX for Facial Rejuvenation, TMJ Disorder, and Bruxism Treatment in the Northborough Area

Before your treatment, our team will consult with you about the results you hope to gain from BOTOX therapy, as well as any other risks and side effects. We want you to understand your options, especially where treating TMJ disorders and bruxism are concerned. However, if BOTOX injection treatments appear to be the most beneficial for your health priorities, we are prepared to administer them safely and effectively.

If you’d like to learn more about how BOTOX injections may help treat a variety of oral and facial health conditions in Northborough and the surrounding communities of Shrewsbury, Westborough, Marlborough, Southborough, Framingham, Berlin, and Grafton, we suggest you give our dental office a call at (508) 393-2522 to set up an appointment and consultation. Dr. Moheban’s team of professionals is ready to welcome new patients today.