Botox in Dentistry: Everything You Need To Know
Botox is a well known cosmetic solution for cosmetic needs, but can also be an option for the treatment of some orofacial conditions. There are many benefits of using Botox in dentistry, but there are also risks, that should be thoroughly discussed to determine it is the right treatment for you.
What is Botox?
Botox uses a special protein to block overactive nerve impulses, restricting muscle contractions. In doing so, Botox helps to relax the muscles beneath the skin, so that fine lines and wrinkles become less visible, giving the skin a healthy, more youthful appearance.
Depending on each individual case, the results can last between one and six months. Treatment is temporary, and once the Botox begins to wear off, the skin will return to the way it looked before treatment.
Botox is also used to relieve symptoms of TMJ, as well as provide comfort to patients receiving dental implants. In each case, Botox is used to reduce the amount of stress placed on the teeth and jaw so that patients feel comfortable and confident.
Tell your doctor if you have or have had bleeding issues; plan to or have had surgery; have forehead muscle weakness such as trouble raising your eyebrows, drooping eyelids; or any changes to your face.
Contra-Indications with Botox
Adverse reactions to localized Botox is uncommon. Side effects may include a temporary change in facial expression, allergic reactions, rash, itching, headache, neck or back pain, muscle stiffness, difficulty swallowing, or shortness of breath.
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder
- TMJ Dislocation
- Tension-Type Headaches
- Excessive Gingival Display
Areas for treatment
- Forehead Lines
- Crows Feet
- Gummy Smile