Botox is one of the most popular cosmetic treatments, especially for someone looking for a more youthful appearance- to temporarily reduce or remove fine lines and wrinkles, correct lip lines, chins, etc. But it is just one of many applications of botox. Have you heard of dental botox? Want to know more? Read on!
Botox is actually the registered trademark name for botulinum toxin A, a purified neurotoxin derived from a bacteria. During the botox procedure, botulinum toxin A is injected in cosmetic form during the botox procedure, which will block your nerve signals connected to the muscle, temporarily paralyzing muscles in that area. As a result, the muscles in that area will not get contracted, eliminating the wrinkles and fine lines in that specific area.
In addition to cosmetic applications, Botox injections are also used in dental treatments. Also, Botox can help relieve pain which leads us to its applications in dentistry.
With the help of an experienced dentist, you can use botox therapy to avoid dental conditions like:
Dentists use botox to treat Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, which can cause severe pain for patients because of the hyperactivity of the muscles of facial muscles. By injecting botox, the dentist will relax these muscles, thus reducing the pain in that area.
Edentulous is a medical condition in which there are no teeth. Here, the lip muscles are usually repositioned due to decreased vertical dimension. Thus dentures won't fit in. The dentist will use botox to relax the muscles around dentures, making things easier for the patient.
It is a condition in which you unconsciously grind, gnash or clench your teeth. With botox therapy, you can paralyze muscles in the area, thereby reducing the resultant contractions. This treatment can be used along with night guard appliances, which is a conventional treatment for bruxism.
Coeur d'Alene Family Dentistry offers you affordable Botox and other dental treatments by our in-house team of experienced dentists.