Botox – More than Wrinkle Relief!

In its original form, botulinum toxin or Botox is widely known as a cosmetic solution to address fine lines and wrinkles. It is less widely known that Botox can also be used in many dental procedures. It provides relief from jaw pain, helps to retrain muscles around the mouth and as an enhancement to many dental treatments. Smileboston Cosmetic & Implant Dentistry offers Botox treatment and put together a brief guide to explain how it can be used to compliment your oral health goals.

What Is Botox? Botox is a protein that is injected into the muscles to create a more relaxed and less rigid appearance. In dental applications, Botox uses the same principle to relieve pain from oral health conditions and is used in number of therapeutic procedures. Botox can enhance dental treatment plans as well as help some serious disorders. While Botox might not often be associated with tooth repair, Botox was first created to help relax muscles in medical procedures. Likewise, it has many useful applications in dentistry.

What Can It Be Used to Treat? If you experience TMJ, jaw pain and compromised movement of the jawbone, Botox can help relax muscles and alleviate the pain and discomfort associated with this common condition. Botox can also be used to complement aesthetic dentistry and is a minimally invasive alternative to surgically treating a high lip line. Additionally, Botox is beneficial for patients having trouble adjusting to new dentures, lip augmentation, and in dental implant and orthodontic cases where it is necessary to retrain facial muscles.

What Are the Benefits? Because Botox is a minimally invasive procedure, patients can return to their normal activities almost immediately. The most common benefit is the reduction in the number of tooth clenching events and their intensity. It also helps reduce damage to teeth, the jaw and gums and helps to lessen discomfort in the teeth and jaw. Other benefits include the elimination of tension headaches and migraines and the smoothing of facial wrinkles.

Smileboston is a full-service cosmetic dentistry practice with services ranging from general and cosmetic dentistry to dental implants and complete smile makeovers. If you are interested in learning more about Botox for pain or wrinkle relief or to schedule an appointment at our newly renovated Brookline office, call us today!

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