Botox is a well-known cosmetic treatment. It's largely used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, a lot of people are not aware that the use of Botox can extend far beyond cosmetic use. In fact, Botox can successfully be used in dentistry too.
Here's what you should know about the use of Botox in dentistry and if you can benefit from this type of treatment too.
What Is Botox and How Does It Work?
Botox treatment uses the botulinum toxin to deliver the desired effects. If the name sounds familiar, it's because it's the same toxin that causes a dangerous disease, called botulism. However, when the toxin is separated and purified in a lab, it can be safely used with great benefits for your health.
When Botox is injected into the body, the toxin will attach to the endings of the nerves that control muscle movement. Because the transmission of nerve signals to the muscles is blocked, the muscle can't contract anymore.
The effects of Botox are not permanent and will start disappearing in about 3 to 4 months. After this period, you will have to repeat the treatment if you want to get the same results.
How Botox Is Used in Dentistry
Botox in dentistry can be used to treat both several oral health problems as well as address cosmetic dental issues like gummy teeth.
Here's a look at some of the problems Botox can help you with:
- Gummy Smile: A gummy smile is when too much gum tissue is revealed when you are smiling. While a gummy smile is not a medical issue per se, it may bother you as it may not be aesthetically pleasing. When injected into the upper lip and the area between your nose and your lip, Botox can reduce the appearance of a gummy smile. As mentioned before, the treatment is not permanent and you will have to repeat it every three months or so.
- TMJ Disorders: TMJ disorders can lead to numerous symptoms, such as jaw pain, migraines, ear, and facial pain, and so on. Botox can help alleviate the symptoms of TMJ and keep them under control. However, it would be best to identify the issue that led to TMJ in the first place and try to correct it. TMJ can be caused by an incorrect bite or misalignments. Orthodontic treatment would be better suited in this case as by correcting the position and alignment of your teeth, TMJ symptoms will slowly subside too.
Talk to Your Del Mar Dentist about Botox Treatment
If you are curious about the use of Botox in dentistry, the best thing you can do is to talk to your dentist and ask them if you are a good candidate.
At Del Mar Dental Studio, we have over 40 years of experience and offer a wide range of dental services.
Contact us now to find out more about our services and book your appointment.