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Botox And Your Dentist

The field of dentistry is emerging as a mainstream option for Botox treatments, and we’re thrilled to be part of it.  On the surface, it may seem out of place, but if we go more than skin deep, it makes perfect sense.  Let’s move past any preconceived notions and take a look at why, and what is available.

First and foremost, your dentist is highly skilled and trained in physiology and facial anatomy.  Perhaps more so than specialty Botox practitioners.  It’s their knowledge of facial muscles when coupled with specific training on administering Botox that makes them uniquely qualified to deliver treatment.  Moreover, dental patients are concerned about aesthetics as well as the function of dental restorations, and Botox injections are proving to be a superb complement. 

Botox treatments are favored widely for sustaining a youthful look by temporarily reducing the muscle activity that causes moderate to severe facial lines in adults.  However, there are practical uses that aren’t considered cosmetic.  Both have their place, and some may surprise you. 

  • Denture wearers may benefit in cases where the lip muscles become repositioned in such a way that makes them uncomfortable.  Treatment can help to relax these muscles and lend to a more natural transition.
  • People with Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) disorders,  experience jaw pain from overactive muscles.  Botox can calm these muscles to relieve the discomfort.
  • Clenching or Bruxism may also lessen with injections that reduce the severity of the contractions.

Of course, this list is a sampling of the many benefits of Botox.  Treatments usually begin working within three days after injection, and depending on the area treated, may last three months or longer.  You’ll be able to return to routine activity after the procedure.  Results may vary and follow up injections will be necessary for a lasting effect. Botox can be unsafe if administered incorrectly and must only be used under a doctor’s care.  It is commonly recommended that you do not use Botox if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. 

Learn more about your options, risks, and next steps toward Botox with a free consultation at Fenton Family Dentistry today!