The Dental Benefits of Botox
New innovations in dentistry are making life easier for patients all the time, and few are as surprisingly effective as Botox. Although Botox is technically derived from a toxic substance, it’s ability to numb the muscles is unparalleled.
This effect makes it extremely useful in treating TMJ disorders, chronically puckered lips, and a variety of other dental conditions. Learn more about this controversial yet effective treatment and see how it can improve your smile.
Understanding Botox and Why It’s Used
The word Botox is a combination of botulism and toxin, and for good reason. It comes from botulism which is typically found in certain meat products, and used in the wrong way, it can be very toxic. It’s use in neutralizing muscles is remarkable, and makes Botox the leading treatment in cosmetic, and more recently dental, procedures.
Dr. Spadafora is deeply knowledgeable in the ways that Botox can be used to improve your smile and oral health.
How is Botox Used in Dentistry?
Due to the unique ability of botox to numb the muscles, it’s become a reliable treatment for a variety of dental conditions. Some of the conditions which are benefited by Botox include:
- Temporomandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders
- Misshapen or crooked smiles
- Chronically puckered lips
- Severe headaches caused by tension in the neck or surrounding area
- Bruxism, or grinding the teeth to a point where it causes damage
- Correcting smiles that appear gummy due to a small upper lip
Your Dentist is the Perfect Person to Administer Botox
While Botox is more commonly used to remove wrinkles in cosmetic procedures, it’s being used by more dentists all the time. Given their knowledge of the facial structure, how the muscles connect to one another, and how they function, your dentist is the perfect person to administer Botox.
Dentists are used to critical detailed tasks and administering the exact dose of medications, so they excel at carefully injecting Botox into your muscles for dental treatment.
Open to Trying Botox During Your Next Dental Procedure?
While Botox isn’t used in every dental procedure, it’s extremely effective for certain dental conditions. If you have a condition that may be able to be relieved with Botox, ask Dr. Spadafora any questions you may have.
You’ll be delighted to find out that it’s a safe and effective treatment that can alleviate a wide range of dental problems. Contact our office in Hermitage today to schedule a consultation.