Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA

Cosmetic Dentist & Family Dentist located in Albuquerque, NM

Botox® injections offer more than a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles. In Albuquerque, New Mexico, cosmetic dentist Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, PA, uses Botox to provide relief from temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorders, teeth clenching, and teeth grinding. Botox treatment is an easy and fast method of relieving painful chewing or speaking caused by TMJ. Call the office or schedule an appointment online today.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox? 

Botox, a dermal injectable primarily used to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles, is also used as a treatment for a variety of dental conditions and migraines. It’s made from botulinum, a naturally occurring neurotoxin protein. A small dose is injected to paralyze facial muscles in the treatment area to provide relief from TMJ symptoms, teeth clenching, and teeth grinding.

How is Botox used for dental conditions? 

At her practice, Dr. Nichols uses Botox to treat TMJ, teeth clenching, and severe teeth grinding. TMJ disorders are problems in the joint that connect your skull and jaw, which cause pain when chewing and speaking. Teeth clenching and grinding also cause pain, sometimes making it difficult to bite or chew foods.

Botox injections offer immediate relief from various dental conditions as they help limit muscle contractions and relax the facial and jaw muscles. It reduces the size of your jaw muscles for about three months, returning your face to its original appearance. Botox injections do not affect your ability to smile, chew, or talk. You can get additional treatments when the results wear off.

Does Botox treatment hurt?

Botox procedures are simple and straightforward. After a comprehensive review of your symptoms and medical history, Dr. Nichols determines if Botox can relieve your symptoms. If you are a candidate for a Botox treatment, the procedure takes place right in the office. Botox treatment takes about 20 minutes and does not hurt. 

After Botox treatment, you may return to your regular daily activities without discomfort or downtime. Some patients even receive Botox treatment on their lunch break and return to work immediately afterward!

Is Botox safe?

Botox treatments are safe when administered by an experienced and trained dentist such as Dr. Nichols. But as is the case with all medical procedures, Botox treatments have a potential risk of complications, including:

  • Swelling 
  • Minor bruising 
  • Pain at the injection site 
  • Headache

Side effects or complications from Botox treatment typically go away quickly and without medical intervention but if you notice any lingering side effects, call the office right away.

To find out if Botox can relieve your TMJ symptoms or help you stop teeth grinding, call the office or schedule an appointment online today.