What Is Botox?
Botox is a natural purified protein that is used to relax muscles of the face. It is administered by a few tiny injections into the muscle to block nerve impulses that trigger muscle contraction. The administration is simple and quick. Botox treatment is minimally invasive and it delivers dramatic results with no down time.
Why Have Your Dentist Administer Botox?
Believe it or not, some dentists specialize in administering Botox and provide this service to their patients. Botox provides a valuable option to patients for both medical and cosmetic reasons, and various research has shown the benefits it can offer. Dentists specialize in oral and maxillofacial areas more specifically than any other practitioner, making them the optimal candidates for administering Botox. Training is extensive in the head, neck and facial regions due to the sensitivity of the area, in addition dentists have significant experience in administering various injections.
What Are Dental Benefits of Botox?
The cosmetic purpose of Botox is widely known; smoothing facial wrinkles and fighting the aging process. However, Botox can be used clinically in treating Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD), bruxism, and chronic facial pain. TMD can manifest from problems within the jaw joint and also irritation of the muscles of the head and neck. This disorder often causes jaw and facial pain as well as tension headaches. Using Botox can provide a solution to help alleviate these symptoms.
Botox is also used to assist aesthetic dentistry for smile design and facial muscle re-contouring.
Patients who use Botox to treat various facial pain issues leave happier because of the relief from their discomfort but they also leave happier with their overall appearance.
If you are experiencing facial pain or tension headaches, schedule an appointment with our team of dental specialists today.