Botox has revolutionized cosmetic healthcare a lot of times you think about going to your dermatologist or maybe your primary care for botox.
but can dentists also do it?
one of the most common things we think about when we talk about botox is wrinkle reduction. over time, smiling, stress, has hindered the elasticity of our skin. that’s where botox can come in and kind of help tighten everything up and give you that more youthful, natural glowing effect of your face .
Incorporating Botox Into Dental Practice
what are some other areas that we can look at botox? or how to get rid of your gummy smile and you may have even just done veneers and your teeth are beautiful but when you smile you see way too many gums at the top. you can do two small injections of botox and it will just lower the lip a bit and it can get rid of your gummy smile.
it’s a really cool way to use botox in the dental world.
another thing that we can look at is if you have TMJ pain.
a lot of times in the past we’ve always talked about having an appliance that you wear for your TMJ. when you clench or grind your teeth your, muscles hurt really bad and your joints you wake up and you have a headache from your joints. a simple injection into your TMJ joint can help to reduce that stress that you put on those muscles in that joint and help relieve a lot of that pain. and you can do it a lot of times as simple as twice a year injections to help relieve and maybe not even have to wear your TMJ appliance but relieve a lot of that pain that you wake up in the morning.
in addition to botox, a dentist also administers Juvederm filler. and this is just a great way to enhance your smile by using the filler to fill your lips and with a fuller lip line, it can make your teeth and smile look so much better and more youthful.
over the years we lose volume there and just that little extra filler in that area is just going to make your smile beautiful.
another thing that we can talk about is the use of botox for migraines. like we were talking about a little earlier with our TMJ pain
a lot of people come in with migraines and a couple of injections for a botox can really decrease the severity of your migraines or sometimes help to reduce them.
Again it all comes down to your TMJ, and you’re grinding, and you’re clenching, and not allowing your muscles to relax at any time so that botox injection can allow those muscles and ligaments to relax to help you have a healthier pain-free time with your TMJ and with migraines.
Sometimes just a couple of times a year injections can help with a lot of that pain that you have been having.
Botox at the Dental Office?
We have a lot of patients that complain about pain and stiffness in their John and their joint from clenching their teeth and we use Botox treatment to help alleviate that pain. We know when you have Botox you’re immediately thinking of cosmetics and wrinkles and things like that but in dentistry use Botox to alleviate jaw pain, and it’s amazing how well it works and how happy the patients are with it. So what it does is help relax the muscles so that way you don’t have as much pain when you’re chewing and eating.
Fillers again, you think that for cosmetics but fillers could be placed in your gums to help with food impaction and gingival recession sometimes as well. You know when somebody looks a little bit unhappy. After all, their smile is more downturn, or you know people get infections in the corners of the mouth because they’ve lost some of the volumes that they have around their mouth so fillers can be used to regain that volume and make it more youthful, and happier appearance.
Bruxism Treatment with Botox
Some people suffer from teeth grinding and also teeth clenching. These are two very debilitating conditions because they are not only painful but they affect the health of your teeth.
Very often the teeth get worn down very very quickly. Teeth can be broken in the course of grinding and clenching, and as well it can affect your sleep because very often when people grind their teeth it tends to be at night when they’re sleeping. The symptoms of teeth grinding and teeth clenching come from how we handle our stress and our aggression in our everyday lives. For some people, that’s very difficult and may require other interventions.
However, what a dentist can do for your physical symptoms is he or she can administer neurotoxin, otherwise referred to as Botox by many people, to the muscles involved in the grinding and clenching process to relieve some of the pain and also to perhaps atrophy the muscle that would have built up over time that may be giving you a wider jaw than you used to have.
However, we do recommend that you do also seek some help with managing your stress and aggression in your everyday life and other possible underlying root causes of this condition.
Everyone is very individual so it’s important to consult you very carefully and assess your needs to find out if we can help you to alleviate some of the symptoms that you’re experiencing.