Posted on Feb 10, 2020
When we first think about Botox, we all assume it’s only performed to maintain a youthful appearance and rid the face of wrinkles. This is an accurate assumption because Botox is the most common cosmetic procedure performed. The American Society of Plastic Surgeons has recently reported over 7.5 million Botox injections in 2018 alone!
It may surprise you to know that dentists are now using Botox as well!
Botox is a drug made from the toxin called Clostridium botulinum. This is the same toxin that can cause fatal food poisoning called botulism, but its use as a paralytic has been approved by the FDA for cosmetic procedures. In small doses, Botox can also be used to treat migraines, overactive bladder, excessive blinking, and excessive sweating.
Botox is used to block nerve signals that control muscle movement. This decreases the ability of the muscle to contract and softens the skin surrounding the injection site. Results can be seen after a few hours and a Botox injection can last up to three months!
Because of its ability to block the nerve ends, Botox is now being used in dentistry. A trip to your dentist may include Botox for the following disorders:
Here at Meadows Family Dentistry, it’s important to us that our patients are educated about dental health and trends in the dental industry. To make an appointment, please contact our Castle Rock, Colorado family dental office today!