When people hear Botox, they often think of cosmetic treatments and the solutionbeing used for a younger looking face. But, did you know Botox can also be used in the dental field? There are numerous conditions that can be treated with Botox injections and they may also be used to improve the area around your smile! Some of the dental conditions Botox can be used for include:
The temporomandibular joint (also known as TMJ) functions like a hinge, which connects your jawbone and skull.There is one temporomandibular joint on each side of your jaw. Disorders of the temporomandibular joint can cause pain and issues with chewing and speaking. Luckily, Botox has been proven effective in the treatment of temporomandibular joint disorders, providing up to 3 months of relief.
Bruxism is a dental condition that causes unconscious clenching and grinding of teeth which can occur while a patient is asleep or awake. Bruxism can lead to painful symptoms and severe dental problems such as cracked teeth. Botox injections can help relax oral muscles and decrease bruxism and the painful symptoms associated with it.
Many patients get dental implant surgery to replace missing teeth and obtain a younger looking appearance. When you are missing teeth, you begin to lose bone mass, giving your face a more aged appearance. While implants can help give more youthful looks, the lines and wrinkles will not go away. Botox treatment can help soften the area around your mouth, helping achieve the younger appearance most patients are looking for.
When a patient smiles, it’s common for them to expose a small portion of their gums above their teeth; however, people with a gummy smile tend to show a larger section of their gums. Although this doesn’t pose any dental risks, it can often cause self-esteem issues. Botox can be injected into your upper lip to limit the elevation when you smile, causing you to show less gum when smiling.