Bello Dental Associates

Cosmetic Dentist located in Aventura, FL

BOTOX® can help get rid of wrinkles, but did you know it can also get rid of jaw tension and soreness? At Bello Dental Associates, located in Aventura, Florida, Dr. Jenny Bello administers Botox injections to relieve jaw pain and treat joint disorders. Many of the causes of chronic jaw pain are unconscious actions you can’t control, but you can control how you solve these issues. Call today or click to learn more about how Botox can help you.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is a drug comprised of the active ingredient botulinum toxin type A that treats sore and tense facial muscles. It’s used in small doses to treat health issues, including:

  • Intense neck and shoulder muscle contractions
  • Rapid, involuntary blinking
  • Migraines
  • Misaligned eyes
  • Facial wrinkles

Dr. Bello uses botox injections to treat jaw pain and issues concerning the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).

How does Botox work to relieve jaw tension and TMJ disorder?

Your TMJ is located on either side of your head where your jawbone meets your skull. You use it for speaking, chewing, swallowing and other things you don’t even think about. Sometimes, you can experience severe headaches and sharp jaw pain if your TMJ gets misaligned due to overuse or grinding your teeth too much.

Botox can alleviate jaw pain and other symptoms by weakening jaw and other facial muscles that cause headaches and tension. Dr. Bello’s in-office botox treatment option is efficient and straightforward, requiring no surgery and no time spent in a hospital.

What is the Botox treatment procedure like?

Dr. Bello assesses your overall health and symptoms to determine how many Botox injections you need. Regardless of how many you get, the procedure is quick and shouldn’t take more than 30 minutes. Any pain experienced during treatment is minimal. The injections feel like a quick prick and only hurt briefly. Dr. Bello uses a local anesthetic or a cold pack to reduce any pain you might experience.

What is the recovery like?

You should notice results within a day or two. After treatment, your muscle tension and soreness will start to clear up almost right away. You may have some minor bruising and redness near the injection areas, but that’s only temporary. Since the procedure is noninvasive, you should be able to get back to your everyday activities immediately. Remember not to touch the injection areas and then touch other parts of your face since that may spread the Botox toxins. Talk to Dr. Bello about how long you should wait before engaging in strenuous physical activities.