Dental Botox: Noticeable Results. No Surgery
While Botox is best known for its cosmetic uses, specifically the smoothing of facial wrinkles, it has a long history of medically therapeutic purposes. Botox is a medication that uses a purified protein (botulinum toxin A) to block overactive nerve impulses. Contrary to popular belief, it does not paralyze muscles rather it decreases their motor activity. Originally used to treat migraine headaches and crossed eyes, dental patients are increasingly choosing Botox in conjunction with their dental treatments.
When administered in small doses, Botox relaxes facial muscles and can be used to relieve painful conditions triggered by the jaw muscles. In clinical applications, Dental Botox treats teeth grinding, chronic TMJ and any facial pain related to those conditions. Botox can also be used to complement aesthetic dentistry. It provides comfort to patients receiving dental implants and is a minimally invasive alternative to surgically treating a high lip line, for patients adjusting to dentures, lip augmentation, and even in some orthodontic cases.
In addition to alleviating pain, Botox patients will enjoy a more youthful appearance as fine lines and wrinkles become less visible. More importantly, Botox reduces the amount of stress placed on the teeth and jaw so that patients can feel more comfortable and confident. Dentists are increasingly providing this procedure to their patients – who appreciate having it done by someone who they know and trust – and dentists are some of the best administers of Botox because they have been properly trained in facial aesthetics.
The ideal candidate for Dental Botox meets the following criteria:
- Between the ages of 18 – 65
- Has facial pain related to TMJ, clenching or teeth grinding
- Does not object to the disappearance of facial wrinkles
- Is looking for a non-surgical solution
- Is looking for a temporary solution
- Is knowledgeable about the procedure
- Is in good physical and psychological health
- Is not pregnant or nursing.
Muscle tenderness subsides almost immediately after treatment. Facial pain and wrinkles begin to disappear with 24-48 hours after the injection and the patient may continue to see wrinkles diminish up to one week after the procedure. The results of Botox generally last up to four months depending on treatment type and the amount of medication that was injected. Once pain or wrinkles reappear, another treatment is necessary.
Dental Botox is a safe, reversible, and minimally invasive treatment to alleviate pain and achieve cosmetic results. As with any medical procedure there are possible risks and side effects. However, because Botox is a non-surgical procedure, the risks and possible complications are infrequent, minimal and temporary. Ask your dentist if Dental Botox is right for you.
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