BOTOX INJECTIONS IN CHICAGO 

Treatment for migraines, tension headaches, teeth clenching, TMJ pain, wrinkles.

If you suffer from pain in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ), teeth clenching,  migraines or tension headaches,  you don’t have to live in discomfort anymore. At Archer Dental Chicago dental office in Archer Heights near Midway Airport, our dentists are experienced in treating TMJ pain and headaches, reduce wrinkles, and restore your overall quality of life using Botox injections. Schedule an appointment at the our Chicago dental office over the phone or online today.

What is Botox?

Botox is the only FDA-approved treatment to temporarily reduce appearance of wrinkles, symptoms of migraines, teeth grinding and dysfunction of temporo-mandibular joint. 

 

Botulinum toxin is the active ingredient in a Botox injection. This toxin is derived from a bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is naturally found in soil, lakes, forests.

How does Botox work?

During muscular contraction, the nerves release a chemical messenger called acetylcholine at the point where nerve endings meet muscle cells. Acetylcholine attaches to receptors on the muscle cells and causes the cells to contract, or shorten.

Botox works by causing a temporary muscle paralysis. Botox prevents the release of the chemical messenger at the nerve cells near injected muscle. This will  prevent your your facial muscles from contracting, and cause them to relax and soften.

Most patients think of Botox as cosmetic treatment for treating or preventing  wrinkles. However, the botulinum toxin (active ingredient in Botox) has a long list of applications and can be used to treat cervical dystonia, hyperhidrosis, strabismus and blepharospasm, to name a few. Botox is also frequently used in dentistry to treat of certain oral conditions, and conditions associated with maxillofacial field.

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How Botox can be used in dentistry?

At Archer Dental we can use Botox to address the following issues:

  • TMJ pain and TMJ related disorders

  • Bruxism

  • Migraines and tension headaches

  • Excessive sweating

  • Wrinkles and fine lines

Botox helps treat Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) Disorders

Botox can help get rid of discomfort associated with  temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders. Patients who tried other treatments without significant improvement might benefit from botox injections. Botox will help improve mouth movements, decrease pain and reduce the following TMJ disorder symptoms:

  • aching facial muscles

  • tenderness in your jaw

  • pain near the temple or around your ear

  • difficulty or pain while chewing

  • locking of the temporomandibular joint

  • difficulty opening or closing your mouth

  • popping when opening your mouth

  • stiffness in the jaw

 

Simple treatments using Botox at Archer Dental in Chicago can alleviate problems associated with TMJ disorders without surgery or downtime. This is a non surgical procedure that can be done in the dental office and typically takes only 10-30 minutes. You will feel minor improvements during the nest two days, however it will take up to a week to feel complete relief. 

80% of patients have some sort of TMJ related symptoms

Bruxism Treatment: Botox for Bruxism

If you tend to unconsciously clench and grind your teeth, while awake or asleep, you have a condition that is called bruxism. While many people may not realize they experience bruxism, others can experience physical pain and severe dental problems as a consequence. Here are the most common symptoms associated with chronic teeth grinding:

  • headache

  • earache

  • facial pain

  • neck stiffness

  • migraines

  • tension headaches. 

 

If you experience bruxism, it’s important to address this condition in order to avoid dental problems associated with  teeth grinding.Such problems include:

  • damage to tooth enamel

  • increased sensitivity (aka dentin hypersensitivity)

  • Increased tooth wear

  • chipping of the teeth.

 

It is common for bruxism sufferers to wake up with a sore jaw. This soreness is caused by hypertrophy of the masseter muscle, which can be very uncomfortable. Treatment of bruxism with botulinum toxin can provide significant relief from jaw soreness, headaches, and other unwanted side effects associated with bruxism. Botox treatment for Bruxism can also minimize appearance of hypertrophied ,aster muscle and make jaw appear smaller.

Botox treatment for chronic headaches, tension headaches and migraines

If you often get migraine headaches or experience chronic tension headaches, you may be looking for a treatment that can prevent them. In 2010 Botox was approved for adults who get chronic migraines and tension headaches. Botox might be for you, if you experience the following:

  • history of migraine headaches

  • chronic headaches (including tension-type) on 15 or more days of the month of which 8 are migraine

 

It’s important to note that Botox is not FDA approved to treat other types of headaches, like cluster headaches. Or treat headaches, that happen 14 or fewer times per month.

Tension headaches and chromic migraines have been shown to respond to Botox treatment in many instances. Patients who see the best results experience headaches that are caused by chronic muscle tension or contraction. By partially paralyzing the contracting muscle, the relaxing effect helps prevent the headache from starting. The areas of the head where Botox is most effective are usually across the forehead extending to the temples, and down the back of the neck. We invite you for your consultation to help you understand if Botox treatment might help your migraines or tension headaches. 

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Is Botox treatment right for me?

Our specialists will analyze your medical history, symptoms, expectations to determine if Botox is a a good option for you. You also will undergo your dental exam. 

If you suffer from TMJ pain, tension headaches, migraines, excessive sweating, or want to look younger, chances are Botox can help. If Xeomin is a better option for your needs, our dentist will discuss it during your appointment. 

Need an appointment? Contact us today!

Frequently asked questions

What is Botox?


Botox is the only FDA-approved treatment to temporarily reduce appearance of wrinkles, symptoms of migraines, teeth grinding and dysfunction of temporo-mandibular joint. Botulinum toxin is the active ingredient in a Botox injection.




How Botox is used in dentistry?


At Archer Dental we can use Botox to address the following issues:

  • TMJ pain and TMJ related disorders
  • bruxism
  • migraines and tension headaches
  • excessive sweating
  • wrinkles and fine lines




Can Botox help with chronic headaches, tension headaches or migraines?


In 2010 Botox was approved for adults who get chronic migraines and tension headaches. Tension headaches and chromic migraines have been shown to respond to Botox treatment in many instances. Patients who see the best results experience headaches that are caused by chronic muscle tension or contraction.





Dental Glossary
Botox

Botox is the name of a drug derived from the botulinum toxin. It is used to treat conditions caused by muscular disorders by temporarily paralyzing facial muscles and  to remove wrinkles.

Botulinum toxin

Botulinum toxin is the active ingredient in a Botox injection. This toxin is derived from a bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which is naturally found in soil, lakes, forests.

Occlusal Splint

Occlusal splint is a specially designed mouth guard prescribed for people who have bruxism or problems with temporomandibular joint. 

Dentin Hypersensistivity

A condition which causes the inner (dentin) layer of tooth to become exposed. This condition can develop as a result of receding gums. Patients experience sharp pain due to pressure or hot/cold beverages.

Temporomandibular Joint

Preventive dentistry focuses on maintaining oral health in order to prevent the spread tooth decay and infections in the mouth.

Laser Biostimulation

A form of Low Intensity Laser Therapy which improves healing  of post operative tissues.  The light energy stimulates the metabolic processes, inducing tissue regeneration.