Botox! At the Dentist Office?
March 11, 2015
March 11, 2015
Botox in a Dentist Office?
Most people are surprised we offer Botox in several of our dental offices. However, the soft tissues around the mouth are just as important as the color and position of the teeth in determining how your smile looks!
Meanwhile, dentists are the most knowledgeable in the healthcare field on muscles used to chew and the muscles of facial expression, which routinely receive these treatments.
How can Botox Help My Smile?
While thought of as mostly a cosmetic treatment, Botox actually has benefits that can aid a number of dental issues. Botox has indirect clinical uses for bruxism cases, even more so for patients with moderate chronic TMJ and facial pain, as well as migraines.
The temporo-mandibular joint (TMJ) is located where the jawbone meets the skull on both sides of the head and is used during talking, eating, swallowing, and many other everyday activities. This joint can become displaced or overworked through excessive teeth grinding, which can cause severe tension headaches and sharp pain in the jaw.
According to the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, BOTOX® relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.
Additionally, we occasionally do lip enhancements and mid-face volumization, not just for aesthetic reasons, but to give volume to the lips to cure angular cheilitis or chronic chapping in the corners of the mouth.
Botox can also be used to reduce a “gummy smile” or when a person’s gums show too much when they smile. It is often used with dermal filler therapy as a non-surgical alternative to high lip line cases. Dermal fillers can also be used to get rid of “black triangles” or spaces between the teeth due to gum recession.
Botox is offered by these dentists at Howard Family Dental:
Please call the office to set up an appointment to see if Botox is right for you.
Howard Family Dental is a part of Mortenson Dental Partners.
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