Cosmetic Dentists & General Dentists in Whitestone, NY

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Botox services offered in Whitestone, NY

Constant tension in your jaw and temples can lead to frequent headaches, lockjaw, and more. These conditions and symptoms appear when the muscles in your face and head flex and become tense. In Whitestone, New York, our registered nurses and the team at Vida Dental now offer Botox® injections for pain and tension relief. To find out if Botox is the right treatment option for your muscle tension, call the office or request an appointment online today.

What is botox?

What is Botox?

Long respected as a treatment for fine facial lines and wrinkles, Botox is an injectable drug that eases muscle tension in its targeted areas. Botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin, is the main ingredient in Botox. It can be deadly in large amounts, but in small, controlled doses, Botox can provide relief for several muscular conditions and complications. 

At Vida Dental, our registered nurses and team inject Botox carefully to target specific muscles while leaving surrounding muscles alone. Within hours, the toxin makes contact with the nerve endings that typically tell the muscle to flex. It inhibits the signal, so the muscle stays relaxed and unable to move. 

What does Botox do?

Botox does much more than flatten unwelcome lines and wrinkles. At Vida Dental, our registered nurses and team use Botox for the clinical purpose of easing muscle tension and clenching in the face and jaw. They may recommend Botox injections as part of your treatment for these conditions:

  • Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain
  • Parafunctional clenching
  • Lockjaw
  • Headaches that result from teeth grinding or jaw clenching

These conditions can cause relentless pain and soreness, no matter how hard you try to relax your muscles. In some cases, we may also recommend Botox for the cosmetic purpose of lowering your upper lip to reduce the appearance of your gums in your smile. 

How long do the results of Botox injections last?

Botox isn’t a permanent solution, but you can continue getting Botox injections as part of a long-term treatment plan for TMJ pain and other conditions that cause muscle tension in your face and head. 

After each round of injections, the effects last for about four months on average. If you’re happy with the results, you can book another appointment at a later date for another dose. 

It’s important to keep in mind that it’s possible to develop a tolerance to Botox. If this happens, the effects get weaker each time you get the injections. Our registered nurses and team can help you explore other options for treatment if Botox is no longer working as a solution. 

To explore Botox as a treatment for headaches, TMJ pain, and more, call Vida Dental or request an appointment online today.