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Botox is an excellent treatment for patient's who constantly suffer from jaw pain and headaches despite wearing nightguards, retainers, and/or doing orthodontics. Dr. Moran is AAFE certified and trained to give Botox injections for patients with jaw pain and headaches due to heavy teeth grinding and/or clenching. 

Who is a good candidate for Botox treatment in dentistry?

When patients have the symptoms listed below, the first step is to see what could be causing this. Many patients feel these symptoms due to a bad bite, teeth alignment, and/or heavy grinding and clenching. If this is the case, Dr. Moran always recommends to fix the underlying problem first that is causing these symptoms. This may be fixed with Veneers and/or Invisalign. However, if after all the initial treatments have been done the symptoms still arise or has not been fully fixed, then Dr. Moran will recommend therapeutic Botox to help alleviate these symptoms. 

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You get frequent jaw pain and headaches

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You have tight masseters (jaw muscles) and/or have limited jaw opening

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Your jaw sometimes locks when opening or closing

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Your jaw clicks when it opens and/or closes

How does Botox work and help with the symptoms listed above?

Botox is a toxin that is injected in specific facial muscles to limit the mobility of those muscles. For patients experiencing heavy teeth grinding and clenching, jaw pain and/or frequent headaches, Dr. Moran will inject botox mainly into the masseter muscles (jaw muscles) and some in temporalis muscles (muscle on the side of the forehead). Botox will limit some movement in the masseter muscles. The jaw can still open and close; however, because of the botox, the patient will find it more difficult to clench or grind their teeth. Additionally, the decreased in use in the masseter muscles will loosen the muscle up and release tension in the jaw, neck and head

If you are experiencing frequent jaw pain, headaches, tight jaw muscles, and/or limited jaw opening, Botox may alleviate these symptoms. , you may be an ideal candidate for Therapeutic Dental Botox injections administered by Dr. Olivia Moran, AAFE Botox certified.

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