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Botox Specialist

Tran Family Dentistry

General Dentists located in Federal Way, WA

Involuntary jaw clenching and teeth grinding can occur while you are concentrating, stressed, or sleeping. This issue can cause you dental pain, which can lead to problems later on. At Tran Family Dentistry in Federal Way, Washington, Binh Tran, DDS, MAGD, and Ryan Tran, DDS, patients can receive targeted Botox® injections to ease jaw issues. To set up your consultation and discover if this treatment is right for you, call the office or book online.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is an injectable drug that's derived from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.

Botox blocks nerve function in places it's injected, which paralyzes or reduces the activity of muscles. This treatment helps control the muscles that cause involuntary spasms, clenching, or grinding.

What dental issues can Botox treat?

Botox can be used to treat both the health and appearance of your mouth, including:

  • Teeth clenching and grinding
  • Abnormally large masseter (jaw) muscles
  • Gummy smile
  • Lip deformities
  • Jaw muscle spasms

If you're curious about botox, discuss your condition with Dr. Tran to decide if this treatment can help.

Can Botox improve my smile?

Yes! Botox has several smile-improving uses to make you feel confident and look radiant. Dental black triangle spaces and gummy smiles are just two examples of dental conditions that can benefit from Botox treatments.

If you have spaces where your teeth don't touch, and your gum is slightly receded, you may feel food get stuck in these spaces. If you cannot clean these areas properly, you may be at risk for gum disease later on. Botox injections can help to fill in these spaces.

A gummy smile occurs when you have a lot of gum tissue exposed when you grin. This effect can happen because of hyperactive lip muscles. Botox is used on overactive lip muscles to reduce the appearance of your gums when you smile.

How is Botox used with dental implants?

A successful dental implant procedure requires that your jawbone accepts your new artificial tooth root. However, this doesn't happen every time.

Having strong jaw muscles that don't readily allow for an implant can hinder your plans for restoring your smile with dental implants. Botox treatments can help release the tension in these muscles so your implants can be appropriately set in your jawbone.

Can Botox help with headaches?

If you've struggled with headaches, you may want to talk with the team at Tran Family Dentistry & Associates. Often, headaches can be caused when you clench or grind your teeth. This can lead to some unpleasant symptoms down the road, like chronic headaches.

Botox relieves the muscles involved in these behaviors and reduces headache pain. When clenching and grinding halt, so does unwanted wear and tear on your teeth.

If you want to learn more about the many way Botox can help with your dental concerns, schedule a consultation with Tran Family Dentistry & Associates by calling or booking online.