Did You Know You Can Get Botox Treatments From Your Dentist?

Botox® does such an exceptional job of rejuvenating your appearance that it has been the top minimally invasive cosmetic procedure for nearly two decades. But Botox isn’t just for erasing deep wrinkles.

Botox got its start as a medical treatment. Back in the 1980s, it was approved for treating eyelid muscle spasms and crossed eyes. Today, it’s also an effective treatment for a diverse range of conditions, including several common dental problems.

Dr. Linda Kay Nichols, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, cares for the whole person, using her extensive Botox experience to give patients relief from dental problems and to renew their appearance.

We wrote this article to give you a look at how Botox works and how we use it in our dental office.

Let’s talk about Botox

Botox, a purified form of the botulinum toxin, is an injectable medication that relaxes muscles. It works by blocking the nerve signals that trigger muscle movement.

The results achieved with Botox depend on the muscles that are treated. That’s why the same medication does such a great job for a variety of health problems, from muscle spasms, migraines, and sweating, to dental problems and facial wrinkles.

It’s important to know that Botox is only temporary. When the medication wears off, you can choose to have another round of injections to maintain your results.

Botox for dental care

Botox effectively relieves the symptoms of temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder, teeth clenching, and teeth grinding.

TMJ disorder

If your jaw clicks or pops when you open and close your mouth, you have ongoing pain in your jaw, or you get frequent tension headaches, chances are you have TMJ disorder.

Your temporomandibular joints connect your jaw to your skull and allow all the movements you make with your mouth. TMJ disorder occurs when something goes wrong inside the joint or with your jaw, or when there’s a problem with the muscles controlling your jaw.

You can develop TMJ disorder if you have a misaligned jaw or you struggle with teeth grinding. Medical conditions that lead to the problem include arthritis and degeneration of the discs inside the joints.

Teeth grinding and clenching

Bruxism is the dental term for grinding or clenching your teeth. Many people grind their teeth while they sleep, but you can also clench your teeth during the day without realizing what you’re doing.

Without treatment, bruxism leads to dental damage. Your teeth wear down and become flattened, cracked, or chipped. In severe cases, your teeth may come loose or the outer enamel can wear away and expose the inner layer of your teeth.

Teeth grinding also causes headaches and affects your jaw muscles, potentially resulting in TMJ disorder or a locked jaw.

How Botox improves dental symptoms

Botox relieves the symptoms of TMJ and bruxism by relaxing precisely targeted muscles. We determine which jaw and facial muscles to inject based on your diagnosis and symptoms.

After a Botox injection, it takes a few days to a week for the medication to start working. Then you’ll begin to get relief from your jaw pain and headaches. Botox also stops teeth grinding for many patients.

Botox for facial rejuvenation

Botox targets a specific type of wrinkle that develops by repeatedly using the same muscles to make facial expressions. The good news is that Botox significantly diminishes or eliminates some of the most noticeable wrinkles on your face: forehead furrows, frown lines, and crow’s feet.

We carefully target the muscles associated with the wrinkle being treated. Your Botox treatment smooths away that wrinkle but doesn’t affect any other part of your face. That means you look natural, but better, and you can still make facial expressions.

When used for cosmetic purposes, your Botox treatment only takes about 10 minutes. You’ll see the improvement in 24-48 hours and your results last up to four months.*

If you’re ready to learn more about Botox, call Linda Kay Nichols, DMD, or request an appointment online.

*Individual results may vary.

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