Botox and Dentistry
Your teeth and smile are significant contributors to the general attractiveness of your face. As a result, Botox, which is short for botulinum toxin, has gained massive recognition in medical aesthetics and cosmetic surgery.
Recently, Botox is not exclusive to treating popular cosmetic concerns like wrinkles. The famous bacterial toxin (botox) has gained significant recognition in dentistry, and why not? Because your smile compliments your good looks!
This blog post will show you a few trending ways dentistry utilizes botox to solve oral health problems and treat particular areas of the face. Keep reading to learn more!
What is Botox?
BOTOX® Cosmetic is an established, well known wrinkle-relaxer that has been delivering consistent results for years. This injectable gained popularity for its ability to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles with minimal pain and no downtime. Problem areas including frown lines, and crows feet are no match for BOTOX®!
How does Botox work?
Botox is essentially a mildly invasive neurotoxin that works to relax and reduce the appearance of wrinkles. Common treatment areas include the eyes, forehead, and mouth. Once injected, it blocks the transmission of nerve impulses or signals responsible for muscle contractions. Botox does not affect the nerves, but simply relaxes them!
The effect of botox can last anywhere from three to four months and will wear off afterward, causing patients to require another dose if they wish.
How is Botox applied in Dentistry?
Botox is becoming regular in dentistry for treating several conditions. Although not exclusively as a cosmetic agent, botox in dentistry is included in a comprehensive treatment plan.
Here are a few trending applications of botox in dentistry:
- To correct high lip lines.
- Treatment of TMJ (temporomandibular Joint Disorder).
- For adjustments to new dentures.
Essentially, botox in dentistry is for correcting anomalies between the mouth and face. However, botox is not used as a stand-alone treatment in dentistry.