Improving Your Dental Care

5 Benefits of Dental Botox

In recent years, American dentistry has adopted the use of Botox for several conditions including both functional and cosmetic issues. Because Botox is well-known in the cosmetic sphere but not as talked about in the medical sphere, some people might be wary about dentists offering Botox. However, dentists have a deep understanding of facial structure and musculature, making a dentist trained in Botox delivery a safe option. Plus, there are several ways Botox can benefit dental patients. 

Botox Can Reduce Clenching or Grinding of the Teeth

Clenching and grinding of the teeth can result in jaw pain and tooth issues as the teeth can be worn down and even break over time. Small doses of Botox as short or long-term therapy can help reduce clenching and grinding so patients are more comfortable. It is also a good option for promoting healing after periodontal surgery. People who clench or grind their teeth may be at risk of damaging surgery sites by applying too much pressure. Short term use of Botox can protect the surgery site until it is healed. 

Botox Can Ease Muscle Spasms in the Jaw 

Muscle spasms can range from barely noticeable to painful. There can be many reasons for jaw spasms including nerve damage or over-stressed muscles of the jaw. The good news is that most spasms can be treated with a small dose of Botox. 

Botox May Reduce TMJ Disorder Pain 

TMJ disorders can cause severe pain and issues with jaw mobility. They can have many causes including arthritis, grinding or clenching, improper alignment, and injury. While some causes of TMJ disorders can be treated, solutions often take several visits. Botox can be a safe way to provide immediate pain relief while the underlying causes are treated. When the underlying cause of a TMJ disorder is unknown or untreatable, Botox can help provide long-term relief. 

Botox May Help Reduce Migraines

Migraines can often be caused by overly tight facial muscles that also cause oral issues. For instance, all of the above medical issues can lead to migraines. Using Botox to treat these underline causes may reduce your severity and frequency of migraines. Whatever the cause of your migraines, once you have a diagnosis from a specialist, your dentist may be able to provide Botox therapy as treatment if they are properly trained in its use. This makes getting treatments more convenient as you can receive them from a medical professional who has the necessary skills without the long wait time that neurological specialists are known for. 

Botox Can Be Used In Smile Shaping 

While Botox has several medical uses, its cosmetic uses in dentistry should not be underestimated. A beautiful smile can increase your confidence and help ease social anxiety. It can also change the way people perceive you. Botox can be used for much more than simply reducing wrinkles — it can also help adjust lopsided smiles, giving you a more even, aesthetically pleasing smile. Additionally, botox injections can help relax your lips to prevent an overly gummy smile, either in combination with gum surgery or on its own. 

Botox has several uses in dentistry, and its effects are reversible if you choose to stop treatments. With more dentists training to use Botox, the dental office can be a safe, convenient place for Botox treatment. However, it is important you work with an experienced dentist who has been trained on the general use of Botox and the specific techniques required to treat your specific problems.

If you think Botox treatment could help you address one of these issues, then talk to your dentist about their experience with this medical treatment.