Dental Botox® - Portland, OR
Fast Relief For Jaw Pain & Teeth Grinding
Advanced Dental Arts NW is proud and excited to be one of the first dental offices to offer dental Botox in Portland, OR for the comfort and well-being of our patients! Whether it is for the treatment of bruxism, teeth grinding, teeth clenching, TMD, facial pain, or for the associated benefits of looking younger and less stressed, Dr. Teasdale and our experienced staff are happy to help you assess this wonderful option so you can look and feel your best.
Teeth Grinding and Botox
Teeth grinding and clenching (referred to when sleeping as Bruxism) occur when the body mistakenly assumes that food in present and must be chewed. This is a reflex triggered when the back teeth rub together, and the sensory receptors in the bone mistakes that contact as food, and tries to grind it away. But of course, it is not food, but the teeth that are contacting, and so the result is grinding, clenching, and bruxism. Pretty straightforward, isn't it?
But this tooth-to-tooth contact is actually pretty destructive. It can (and will) eventually wear the enamel off the contacting teeth. It will flex the teeth, causing notching near the gums, and rounded and receding gums. It can cause bone loss around the roots, and extreme sensitivity to ice water. And it can make your face "squarer", with the lower face looking more boxy, as the jaw muscles overwork and build bulk. Oh, and did we mention TMJ pain, just as an additional symptom? Or that this is a factor in the vast vast majority of Obstructive Sleep Apnea cases, because, of course, when your teeth are grinding or clenching together, the space for your tongue is minimal, and it is displaced to the back of your throat, causing airway obstruction. Bruxism, Grinding, and Clenching. They just ain't no damn good. The comprehensive long-term solution involves adjustment of the bite, or possibly the rebuilding of the bite, to where the muscles are comfortable, and are not triggered to grind by tooth interferences. But in the short-run, one very effective way of easing the pain and symptoms is with BOTOX.
BOTOX works by "turning down" the power of the muscles, much like that dimmer switch on your ceiling lights. When the muscles can't respond as forcefully, they exert less power, and use less energy. You can still chew, of course, but you might not be able to crush ice cubes or crunch CornNuts (two great things to avoid, anyway). Your teeth are not as stressed, and your ice water sensitivity goes away, and, because your muscles are not overworking, your face becomes thinner, especially along the jaw. The jaw relaxes at night, moving downward and forward, and making room for your tongue. And all is right in the world...
Few things are quite as predictable as BOTOX, and, when used appropriately, there are very few negative side-effects. Although we usually use it for immediate relief, and then work with the patient for a more permanent solution, BOTOX may be used continuously for years without negative effect. It generally lasts for 90 days, and leaves no residual effects. Our patients are generally astonished that they feel very little if any discomfort with the injections, and with how youthful and stress-free they appear afterward. Indeed, it is sometimes called a "facelife in a syringe", because the effects are often extremely dramatic.
There is a reason we are the Number 1 Dentist in Portland for Botox--just google it and see for yourself. Then call us for a complementary consultation, to discover the wonderful things that BOTOX may be able to bestow on you. Your Comfort and Appearance are what we are all about. Our Reason for Being.
Relieve TMJ With Botox Treatment
Dentists and physicians have known for decades that jaw pain is seldom the result of a bad temporomandibular joint (TMJ), but is rather due to the muscles moving excessively or in an unbalanced manner. As the muscles become stressed, they trigger discomfort and pain throughout the face, head, neck, and body. Sometimes, when stimulated, “trigger points” in the TMJ can cause pain to shoot to remote sites throughout the body. This discomfort can cause or increase migraine headaches, which can be quite debilitating and last for days.
When used properly, Botox treatments for TMD can relieve and often block migraine headaches and soothe sore muscles for months at a time, providing patients with relief from symptoms they have suffered with for years. As an added bonus, the same Botox injection used to treat TMJ discomfort can give patients a more youthful, energetic, and beautiful facial appearance-- what a wonderful perk!
Sleep Apnea, Bruxism, and Botox Treatment
If you have obstructive sleep apnea or think you might, you should schedule a consultation with Dr. Teasdale. While sleep apnea is not something that Dr. Teasdale or any dentist can diagnose, in most cases, the disorder also causes bruxism, which IS a readily identifiable dental condition. Our conservative treatments, which may include either Botox or highly specialized sleep guards, often resolve problems with sleep apnea and are a whole lot more comfortable than the use of a CPAP unit (as any CPAP-wearer will confirm).
Please call us to schedule a consultation to discuss how Botox treatments for TMJ might be right for you. We are happy to work with you and your physician to provide you the good night sleep that your body needs and that you deserve. You cannot possibly look or feel your best without a good night’s rest. It is the key to everything!