Botox Dentistry Can Make You Look Younger And Relieve Pain!
Botox Dentistry is the name for a range of applications of the famous anti-wrinkle drug that can make your face look younger and relieve tension that causes pain in several areas from the chin to the forehead.
Botox is the trade name for botulinum toxin that comes in a purified form. It is injected into facial muscles to block the nerve endings so they can’t contract, which stops the formation of wrinkles. Three to 10 days later, the skin of the forehead and around the eyes or the lips smoothens out and this lasts for three to four months.
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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.
Botox and Dermal fillers can provide immediate volume to areas around the mouth and lips to create the proper lip lines, smile lines, and phonetics.
Botox can also be used in a lip deformity where the lip rises more on one side than the other. It has to be injected at a specific site controlling where the lip goes and how much of it is raised. Treatment outcome usually last for eight months or longer—at which point the treatment needs to be repeated.
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Overloading of the muscles of mastication can prevent or impede implants. The muscular relaxation achieved with Botox injections to the masticatory muscles can be therapeutically beneficial by allowing implants better unimpeded osseo-integration and fracture healing in a more stable environment.
The display of excessive gingival tissue in the maxilla upon smiling, or “gummy smile,” is both an oral hygiene and cosmetic issue with no simple remedy. Excessive gum exposure is frequently attributable to over-contraction of the upper lip muscles
Botox is injected in small, carefully titrated doses to limit muscular over-contraction of upper lip, thus reducing exposure of the upper gums when smiling. Patients have been pleased with the results and the effective increase in upper-lip length upon smiling. The duration of effect ranged from 3 to 6 months, with no adverse effects. It is temporary and must be repeated every six months to one year.
When the mandibular in spasm, mouth opening becomes limited. This type of muscular spasm places limitations on completing the basic oral hygiene necessary to prevent oral disease. Other impairments can include: restrictions on dental treatment, difficulty with eating and diminished oral utility (a broad spectrum of oral functions are impaired by restricted opening and the contraction of bite radius. Botox treatment to the masticatory musculature diminishes the effects of hyper functional or spastic muscles.
Excessive forces created by clenching impede healing and reattachment of gum and bone in the mouth after trauma. Botox limits the muscle contraction, and this reduction in clenching intensity will allow traumatized tissue to heal.
Orthodontic treatments on patients who are ‘’clenchers’’ or have a deep or crossed bite removable appliance. With the use of Botox, orthodontic treatment time can be reduced, and patients would be far more comfortable and functional (eating, speaking, and swallowing).
Retraining Muscles during Orthodontic Treatment: Botox can be used to prevent relapse of orthodontic treatment in case of patients with stronger muscle activity such as that of mentalis muscle. Botox can be used to reduce the intensity of the muscle post treatment and over time, the muscle may be retrained to a more physiological movement.
Botox can be used in patients with a new denture especially if the patient has long history of edentulous (without teeth) and has decreased vertical dimension.
Psychologically unstable or who have questionable motives and unrealistic expectations.
Dependent on intact facial movements and expressions for their livelihood (e.g. actors, singers, musicians and other media personalities).
Afflicted with a neuromuscular disorder
Allergic to any of the components of Botox.
Taking certain medications that can interfere with the effects of Botox (e.g. aminoglycosides, penicillamine, quinine, and calcium blockers).