Botox Specialist

Smile of the Woodlands

Serge Kupetz, DDS

General Dentistry, Oral Surgery, & Dental Implants Specialist located in Panther Creek, The Woodlands, TX

If you’re experiencing jaw tension, facial muscle spasms, teeth clenching, or symptoms of a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), consider Botox® treatment. At Smile of the Woodlands located in The Woodlands, Texas, Serge Kupetz, DDS, offers Botox treatment for aesthetic purposes, such as wrinkle reduction and to reduce and eliminate pain caused by TMJ and other dental issues. To learn how it works, contact Dr. Kupetz at his practice over the phone or via the online booking tool today.

Botox Q & A

What is Botox®?

Botox is purified botulinum toxin A that, when injected into the skin, relaxes overactive facial muscles, encouraging them to smooth and soften.

Botox treatment is most well known as a solution to cosmetic issues, such as worry lines, frown lines, crow’s feet, and smile lines. However, Botox also offers many uses in the world of dentistry. 

At Smile of the Woodlands, in addition to cosmetic care, Dr. Kupetz is certified to perform Botox treatment for dental and oral health issues including:

  • Teeth clenching
  • Muscle spasms in your face
  • Jaw tension
  • Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ)

In addition, Dr. Kupetz can use Botox to treat gummy smiles that develop from excessive upper lip movement.

What is TMJ and how does Botox treat it?

TMJ is a disorder that causes painful symptoms like:

  • Jaw tension
  • Teeth grinding
  • Headaches
  • Lockjaw 

To treat TMJ, Smile of the Woodlands providers inject Botox directly into your jaw, forehead, and temple muscles. Depending on your specific symptoms, the practice may also inject the Botox into other muscles. 

Studies have found that these injections can reduce your TMJ-related pain and increase your ability to move your mouth and jaw for up to three months.

Botox injections don’t cause significant pain, but during treatment, you may feel a slight sting like a bug bite at the injection site.

Botox injection treatments for TMJ typically take between 10 minutes to half an hour to complete. You may feel some improvement in your symptoms within a few days after treatment, but most people don’t enjoy the full effects of treatment for several days.

Is Botox treatment safe?

Botox treatment is extremely safe. Like all injection treatments, it poses a small risk of minor and temporary side effects including redness, swelling, bruising, bleeding, or mild soreness.

Usually, any side effects fade quickly. If you are particularly uncomfortable after your treatment, you can apply a numbing cream or cold compress.

To make sure that your treatment stays localized at the injection sites, try not to rub your face for several hours after you visit the practice. Also, avoid laying down during this time, as doing so could cause your Botox injection to migrate to other muscles. 

Are you experiencing a dental or oral issue that you think Botox may help? If so, turn to Dr. Kupetz at Smile of the Woodlands to schedule an appointment. To contact the practice, reach out online or over the phone today.