Botox is an injectable treatment commonly used for its cosmetic anti-aging benefits, as well as for the treatment of a condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. But did you know that Botox also has applications in the field of dentistry?
How It Works
To understand its dental applications, you first need to know how Botox is normally used. Botox is a type of safe botulinum toxin that is purified for the treatment of a range of dental issues, cosmetic concerns and medical problems. After injection, the patient’s nerve transmissions are inhibited so that injected muscles cannot forcefully contract.
Is it safe?
Botox has been extensively studied and used by millions of people worldwide. Moreover, it has an excellent track record of safety and will not spread systemically throughout the body.
Botox in Dentistry
Here are a few of the applications of Botox for dental patients:
Medically known as bruxism, teeth grinding is a condition in which the patient clinches their jaw muscles, which can damage their teeth, mouth and jaw. Botox is one of the treatments that is sometimes used for patients affected by teeth grinding. It works by relaxing the jaw muscles that tend to become tense with these individuals. Furthermore, this limits the amount of force that can be exerted on vulnerable teeth.
Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)
TMJ is a condition that can cause the patient to experience jaw pain. Moreover, stress radiates pain and discomfort to other areas of the body, particularly the face, head and neck. TMJ can cause headaches and severe migraines. In addition, it prevents the facial pain and headaches that TMJ causes.
Some dentists perform Botox injections for certain types of aesthetic purposes. Botox is corrects forehead wrinkles and “crows feet.” As a result, many patients have both dermal fillers and Botox injected to help their face appear more youthful.
Dermal fillers treat fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth. However, they do not affect underlying facial muscles. It provides a fuller and more youthful appearance to the lips and the delicate skin around the mouth.
Contact Chestnut Hill Dental Associates to learn more about Botox in dentistry. New patients are always welcome! Contact us at (617) 566-0308 or request an appointment online. Chestnut Hill Dental Associates offers an array of dental services. This includes restorative and cosmetic dentistry. Ask us about dental implants, bridges, dentures, Invisalign, and more! Schedule your consultation today. We’ll see you soon!