You might be surprised to know that dentists are better-trained than most other medical professionals to provide such injections because of their extensive experience with the face and mouth and expertise with administering the appropriate anesthesia, according to the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
Botox thus becomes an extension of cosmetic dentistry, which helps people raise their self-confidence while improving their health (such as getting implants to prevent loss of teeth, which would lead to a collapse of the structure of the lower face).
Botox is also popular to enable having extensive dental treatments that are comfortable so that anyone can keep her or his mouth wide open for a long period of time without causing the muscles to become sore.
- Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (aka TMJ) is the misalignment of the hinge that connects the bottom jaw to the skull, which can cause soreness in the hinge area, severe headaches, neck and shoulder discomfort, ringing in the ears, dizziness, and tooth sensitivity. Botox can be used to relax the muscles involved and provide relief.
- Bruxism or teeth clenching or grinding, often when we sleep, can be very harmful, damaging teeth, making gum disease worse, and causing pain. Botox can ease facial muscles and be used with a mouth guard worn at night to stop grinding.
- Denture discomfort can occur with new dentures since these require proper working of the facial muscles to hold them in place correctly. Over-active muscles can interfere with this adjustment to the new fit and Botox can keep muscle movement to a minimum.
- Tension headaches and migraines can occur as a side effect of other problems in the mouth and head area that are a dentist’s specialty.