Botox is a popular treatment that can help you look younger, but it can also be an effective treatment for migraines, TMD, and more. More and more dentists are offering this procedure to their patients, but it’s important to know what it is, how and where you can get it done, and its benefits.
What Exactly is Botox and How Does it Work?
BOTOX® is an FDA approved non-surgical treatment that temporarily reduces the appearance of wrinkles. It was initially developed for medical use but has since been approved for cosmetic use. The results of this treatment can last anywhere from three months to nine months, depending on your case.
Botox works by relaxing the muscles in your face and jaw. When these muscles relax, they appear smaller and less defined, making wrinkles less noticeable. This treatment can also help prevent frown lines around your mouth by reducing muscle activity, which makes them appear less pronounced or even disappear completely.
So, Can Dentists Give Botox?
Dentists can administer Botox! For medical or cosmetic purposes, patients can receive oral and facial Botox from a dentist who is trained in its administration. Dentists are among the most dependable medical professionals to administer Botox injections because they are already experts in the head, jaw, and smile.
What Can Botox Treat?
Botox can treat the following conditions:
- Bruxism (grinding teeth). Botox can be used to relax the muscles in the jaw that cause bruxism, which can lead to headaches, tooth wear, and gum damage.
- Tic douloureux (trigeminal neuralgia). This condition causes severe facial pain in one side of the face that can be caused by various factors such as chewing gum or talking too much.
- Muscle spasms (dystonia). Muscle spasms are uncontrollable muscle contractions that result in abnormal postures or repetitive movements. Dystonia can affect any part of the body, but it frequently affects the muscles in the head and neck, leading to abnormal head positioning or swallowing difficulties.
- Gum hypertrophy (overgrowth). This condition occurs when excess tissue grows on the gums and irritates the teeth. Botox can be injected into the gums to shrink them and relieve the pressure on your teeth.
- Pain and discomfort from TMJ (temporomandibular joint) syndrome. Botox injections treat pain and other symptoms related to TMJ syndrome. The condition is characterized by tenderness and stiffness in the jaw muscles, mouth pain, clicking or popping sounds when chewing, and headaches.
Benefits of the Dental Botox Treatment
If you’re looking for a dentist who can offer Botox or would like to know more about the benefits of Botox from a TMJ, headache, and jaw pain perspective, then look no further than the team at Cloverdale Dental Centre.
- The first benefit is to reduce muscle tension in the jaw muscles. It can result from clenching your teeth, grinding your teeth, or having a TMJ disorder. Reducing muscle tension can help with headaches and jaw pain and reduce the risk of other TMJ issues, such as clicking or popping in the jaw joint.
- Secondly, Botox can help with headaches. Relaxing the muscles around the head allows for better circulation and reduces muscle tension linked to headaches.
- Finally, Botox can help with the jaw pain caused by grinding or clenching your teeth at night while sleeping (bruxism). Botox relaxes the muscles, so they do not clench as much while asleep, reducing symptoms from bruxism, such as soreness in your face or neck upon waking up in the morning.
Dentistry is the branch of medicine that deals with the structure, health, and diseases of the teeth, mouth, and jaws. Dentists have extensive education and training and have gone through a rigorous process to achieve the degree they now possess.
Contact your dental team today to see if Botox is right for you.