Botox is almost synonymous with smoothing unsightly forehead wrinkles, but this well-known beauty treatment has other uses that could help you live your best life, too. Instead of using the injections to merely fight signs of aging, more and more people are opting to go under the needle in the name of fighting pain at the unlikeliest of places: their dentist’s office. Botox is used as a treatment for the pain and discomfort associated with temporomandibular joint disorders (also referred to as TMJ or “lockjaw”).
If you haven’t had your wisdom teeth removed — or even if you have and you’re getting ready to help a family member through the process — there’s plenty to know about the available procedures. Not everyone needs oral surgery, plenty of troubling wisdom teeth can be removed right in the office. Whether you’re having them out in the office, though, or at a general oral surgeon, one thing’s for sure. You should be prepared.