When you think about treatments dentists provide, you probably aren’t thinking of BOTOX®! While BOTOX is most commonly used for cosmetic purposes, such as wrinkles and fine lines, it can also be used for therapeutic and medical purposes! Keep reading to learn more about how dentists can utilize BOTOX for your smile.
What Is BOTOX?
BOTOX is short for Botulinum toxin type A. It is produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. It is used in small doses to weaken or paralyze specific muscles or block nerve endings. BOTOX injections can be utilized for medical or cosmetic needs.
How Dentists Utilize BOTOX for Dental Issues
BOTOX can be used for a diverse range of dental issues. Here are some of the most common ways BOTOX is utilized in dentistry:
- Denture Fittings: BOTOX can be injected into the jaw muscles to help relax and retrain them in order to allow dentures to fit better and more comfortably.
- Gummy Smiles: For patients that have prominent gum lines when they smile, BOTOX can help. BOTOX is injected into the upper lip muscles to relax the lips and minimize the look of a “gummy smile”.
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder: For patients with damaged or injured temporomandibular joints (the joints that connect the jawbone to the skull), BOTOX can help alleviate symptoms. BOTOX is injected into the jaw muscles near the joints to provide pain relief.
- Teeth Grinding & Clenching: For patients who struggle with nighttime bruxism, BOTOX injections can help minimize muscle clenching and pressure to prevent tooth damage.
Schedule Your BOTOX Consultation Today!
Are you experiencing any of the dental issues above? BOTOX may be the perfect treatment option for you. At High Point Dentistry, Dr. Kong has extensive experience treating dental issues with BOTOX injections. Please contact our office to learn more and schedule your consultation!