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What to Know About Botox in Dentistry

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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!

What is Botox?

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!

Botox in Dentistry

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:

  • Treatment of bruxism (grinding or clenching the teeth during sleep)
  • Improving a ‘gummy smile’ without the use of surgery
  • Treatment of TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder)
  • Lip adjustment before or after oral surgeries or denture placement

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!

Posted on Feb 10, 2020
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