Botox has been on the market since the 1970’s after it was inadvertently found to decrease facial wrinkles. Since the 70’s, Botox has been mainly administered by plastic surgeons and dermatologists.
However, in recent years Botox has been found to also help dentists in treating their patients with numerous dental related conditions.
What is Botox?
Botox was first studied in the 1800’s in Europe after Botulism, a foodborne illness that creates paralysis, was identified. The bacterium toxin Botulinum was isolated as the cause of the illness.
Botulinum has since been used heavily in modern medicine, cosmetics and research. With the ability to create muscle paralysis, plastic surgeons and dermatologists have used Botox since 2002 to treat numerous cosmetic purposes.
Botox for dental use
So what exactly can Botox help with when it comes to dental procedures?
- TMJ dysfunction – Much of the pain associated with TMJ disorder stems from muscular pain from hyperactivity of the muscles of mastication. This can cause discomfort for patients and treatment options have been limited in the past. Botox can help in relaxing these muscles which can in turn reduce the pain in the jaw.
- Bruxism and clenching can also create pain and discomfort for many patients. Botox can help by reducing the force of the muscular contractions involved and can aid as a useful adjunct therapy to night mouthguards.
- High lip line or even “gummy smile” can be helped with Botox injections without invasive facial surgery. Although it may be temporary, relaxing the lip muscles can create a more aesthetic smile overall.
- Patients which need to transition to dentures may also benefit from Botox. Relaxing the muscles of the lip making the transition to new dentures more comfortable.
Dentists are equally, if not more, educated in facial anatomy and with proper training can administer Botox. The dental field is expanding to include these options for many patients.
Our dedicated dental staff has recently attended a neuromodulator course through the University of Alberta and Dr.Sadhu is now providing these services at our clinic.
Contact our clinic today and come in for a consultation to see if Botox can be a fit for your dental needs.