Tracy L. Murphy, DMD & Associates

Cosmetic Dentistry & General Dentistry located in Boston, MA

Botox® treatments do more than reduce wrinkles, they can also help with severe conditions like TMJ and ease discomfort during dental implants. At Tracy L. Murphy, DMD & Associates in Boston, Dr. Beal and his team offer cosmetic treatments like Botox to improve your confidence and comfort. To learn more about Botox treatments, call Tracy L. Murphy, DMD & Associates or schedule an appointment online.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is a nonsurgical, medical treatment provided by healthcare professionals.

The medical formula Botox uses a special protein to block overactive nerve impulses to restrict muscle contractions. This causes muscles underneath the skin to relax, making fine lines and wrinkles less visible and giving skin a healthy, youthful appearance that enhances your smile.

While it’s known for its ability to reduce fine lines and wrinkles to improve your appearance, Botox also eases discomfort during dental implants and is an effective treatment for TMJ. When used in these cases, Botox reduces the amount of stress placed on the teeth and jaw.

What is TMJ?

Your jaw is connected to your skull by the temporomandibular joint, or TMJ. TMJ disorders can cause pain in this joint and in the muscles that control movement in your jaw.

A combination of factors can cause TMJ disorders, including:

  • Genetics
  • Arthritis or jaw injury
  • Teeth grinding or clenching

You might have a TMJ disorder if you have pain or tenderness in your jaw or ear, difficulting chewing, aching pain in your face, or a clicking sound when you chew or open your mouth.

Who is a good candidate for Botox?

Botox isn’t for everyone. This temporary, nonsurgical treatment might be right if you:

  • Are between 18-65 years of age
  • Have or experience TMJ discomfort
  • Want to reduce wrinkles or fine lines
  • Are in good physical and psychological health

Before using Botox, Tracy L. Murphy, DMD & Associates provide a consultation to discuss your concerns and desires to see if it’s the right treatment for you.

What can I expect during my Botox appointment?

Facial Botox treatments are quick and comfortable. During your appointment, Tracy L. Murphy, DMD & Associates applies anesthetic cream to the treatment area and then uses a small needle to inject Botox into the site.

You’ll begin to notice a difference within hours as your muscles begin to relax. More striking results are seen after a week, with fewer wrinkles and lines visible in the treatment area.

The effects of Botox are temporary, lasting between one and six months. When Botox begins to wear off, your skin returns to the way it looked before treatment. Regular Botox injections can provide results that last longer.

To see if Botox can help you achieve a great smile, call Tracy L. Murphy, DMD & Associates or schedule a consultation online today.