Since the pandemic started, there has been a large uptick with patients reporting more frequent headaches, sore jaws, pain with biting and fractured teeth.  All of these symptoms can be associated with teeth grinding (bruxism) or clenching.  For several years, our only treatment options to prevent these symptoms were nightguards, medication, and relaxation techniques.   We now can offer treatment with Botox or Xeomin (botulinum toxins) that can help relax the jaw muscles that are working harder than they need to.

This quick treatment can alleviate jaw pain and minimize the behavior of grinding and clenching, which can severely damage teeth and cause headaches.  The treatment works by quieting the signal that cause the muscles associated with the TMJ to contract.  With less strong and frequent muscle contractions, the TMJ will not use excessive forces on our teeth or surrounding muscles.  This can lower the risk of tooth wear and fractures, excess pressure on teeth and headaches.

Our doctors will create a customized plan, based on your targeted areas with specific dosages based on your needs.  The entire appointment is quick and with minimal discomfort.  The results go in effect from about 1-2 weeks and can last from 3 to 6 months.

Give us a call to set up an appointment to review your options today!