3 Ways Dentists Use Botox®

Botox® injections are a popular way to smooth fine lines and wrinkles, giving you a younger appearance. But did you know that Botox® also has a variety of different applications?

Botox® was originally developed to treat cerebral palsy before it became a prominent cosmetic treatment. Excessive sweating (hyperhidrosis), lazy eye (strabismus), and urinary incontinence are just a few of the medical conditions that can be treated with Botox®.

With the rise of dental aesthetics, a growing number of trained dentists have also incorporated Botox® into their practice, not just to treat early signs of aging, but also to address certain dental issues. 

Keep reading to find out about three of the most common uses for Botox® in dentistry.

Botox® for TMJ

Botox® can relieve symptoms of temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), along with jaw clenching and teeth grinding (bruxism) when injected into the jaw muscles.  Once injected, the neuromodulator relaxes the masseter muscle (which is responsible for connecting the lower jawbone and the cheekbone), thus releasing the tension causing the symptoms. 

This way, Botox® prevents considerable damage to the teeth and headaches caused by jaw-clenching tension. The results typically last up to three months, and a follow-up appointment may be necessary to maintain such. 

Do note that this is an off-label use for Botox®, so it’s vital to consult an injector who is properly certified as well as experienced with this particular application of Botox®, such as someone who also has dental training. 

Botox® for a Gummy Smile

gummy smile 2A gummy smile is when your upper lip reveals excessive gum tissue when you smile. 

Botox® relaxes the muscle in the area, lengthening the lip to allow for greater coverage and improving the appearance of a gummy smile. Together with dermal fillers, Botox ® injections are a great alternative to surgical lip repositioning or a gum lift, which are more expensive and require more recovery time.

As with Botox® treatments for TMJ, the effects are temporary, lasting up to six months, which makes it necessary to consult your dentist injector for a follow-up.

Botox® Helps Patients Adjust to New Dentures

New dentures can cause some discomfort as the patient adjusts to the new look and feel they provide. Fortunately, Botox® treatments can reduce some of this discomfort during the adjustment period.

Dentists can also use Botox® to help with facial lines and wrinkles, swelling and stiffness, and even correcting an inverted smile—factors that affect the overall look of a patient’s smile. 

Botox® has many applications, including cosmetic and dental use. If you are experiencing any of the issues mentioned above, don’t hesitate to try Botox® from a qualified dental aesthetics practitioner to get the best possible results.

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