Botulinum Toxin, better known as Botox, is a purified protein that can be injected into facial muscles to help inhibit their activity without damaging the underlying muscles. This treatment allows for relaxation of the muscles preventing lines and wrinkles from appearing. Over time, this can help prevent facial scarring from the wrinkles and results in a more youthful appearance of the skin.
Botox treatment can also be used to help manage pain symptoms from temporomandibular dysfunction (TMD) which are due to clenching and grinding functions of the jaw muscles. By placing Botox into the masseter muscles (the main muscle for clenching and chewing), we reduce the activity of these muscles causing them to relax and allowing for a reduction in pain. This can be beneficial for those suffering from sleep bruxism and day clenching.
Dr. Sharma and Dr. Verjee are both certified Botox providers and can happily discuss specific Botox treatment options that would be of benefit to you.