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Don't Wait to See the Dentist when Your Tooth Hurts

My molar began to hurt one night so much that it woke me up. I hadn't been to the dentist regularly, so I knew it was my bad habits catching up to me. I took pain relievers for a few days that dulled the pain, and then I developed a big bump on my gum. It scared me enough to finally go to the dentist. He told me the bump was an abscess from a bad tooth infection. He said that if I had waited too much longer, the infection could have spread to my sinuses and even my brain! He gave me antibiotics and in a few days he was able to save the tooth with a root canal. I created this blog to tell other people that if your tooth hurts, then go to the dentist immediately. You probably have an infection that will only keep getting worse.



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Don't Wait to See the Dentist when Your Tooth Hurts

The Surprising Uses Of Botox In Dental Pain Management

by Violet Jensen

Have you ever been curious about getting Botox done, but don't want people to think you're vain (or simply old)? Well, here's an idea: tell them that Botox was a recommended pain treatment! Seriously, Botox is being used for more than just wrinkles these days. Continue reading to see how pain management and wrinkle erasing are entwined.

How Many Areas can Botox Treat?

Botox is used to treat pain symptoms ranging from muscles to joints, head to feet. Today, it is also used for urinary incontinence. When you realize that Botox was actually used as a muscle relaxer before it was used for wrinkles, none of these uses are very surprising. However, another unexpected area Botox is making an appearance is in dentistry. Botox injections can help reduce muscle contractions and ease muscle tension throughout the oral cavity. Here are a few ways Botox and dentistry are used together:

  • Treating TMJ or TMD: TMJ and TMD are due to tension and stress on the jaw joint. Botox injections are used to relax the muscles in the face and relieve some of that stress. While this causes a temporary paralysis, long-term side effects have not been determined yet. One noticeable effect is that migraines induced by TMJ and TMD are greatly reduced when Botox is used as a pain treatment.
  • Preventing Tooth Grinding: Grinding teeth is also due to tension in chewing muscles. Botox can be helpful in relaxing these chewing muscles so you don't grind your teeth as much while sleeping. Reducing this habit can save the integrity of your teeth by preventing them from wearing down, cracking, or coming loose.
  • Adjusting to Dentures: Many dental patients coping with dentures and other dental prosthetics find it difficult to adjust to them. Their lip muscles become sore and awkward in the first few months of wearing prosthetic teeth. Botox can help relax these muscles and "retrain" them to function painlessly with the new dentures or implants.

Botox has a lot of surprising uses. It has effectively been used to treat pain – in addition to wrinkles. When it comes to treating dental pain, localized injections of Botox might prove a more effective solution than general pain medication. So far, there have been fewer side effects associated with Botox than medicine (no fatigue or dizziness, for example). So, if you're curious about Botox, you now have another reason to try it out! For more information, contact a professional like Andersen Kevin Dr Inc.