Crowns, fillings, root canals… Botox?
One of these things doesn’t belong here, or does it?
Botox is not a traditional treatment offered by dentists, so it may seem strange that it’s on our list of treatments!
However, innovative research, combined with the unique knowledge and extensive skills of dentists, has recently opened the door for dentists to explore new (and traditional!) dental treatments using Botox.
Dental uses for Botox
The very first Botox procedure wasn’t approved by the FDA until the late 1970s – and it wasn’t for smoothing out fine lines and wrinkles. The very first use was to treat strabismus, otherwise known as cross-eyed.
Shortly after that, it was discovered that Botox can be used to soften fine lines in people’s faces, and its new use was soon eclipsed by its original one. Today, dentists have found even more uses for Botox that expands its use in the dental office!
Temporal Mandibular Joint (TMJ) treatment
If you’ve dealt with TMJ pain, you know how it shoots out from the jaw up into your ear and causes headaches. Often, this pain is caused by unconscious jaw clenching. Dentists can use Botox to help relax the jaw, providing real pain relief without resorting to pain killers.
Bruxism (night-time teeth grinding)
Grinding your teeth at night can be a contributing factor to TMJ, and it can also grind the enamel off of your teeth, leaving them vulnerable to plaque and bacteria. Dentists can use botox, alongside a night guard, to help relieve bruxism and decrease wear and tear on teeth.
Reducing a high lip line (or ‘gummy smile’)
Previously, the only treatment for someone wanting to change their gummy smile was an invasive procedure that included gingival surgery and crown lengthening. But, with Botox, your dentist can relax your upper lip to create a lower lip line without intensive surgery.
Refitting new dentures
For those without their natural teeth, lip muscles may move over time, making it difficult to accommodate new dentures. Your dentist can use Botox to help reposition muscles and make the transition to new dentures easier.
Fully trained and ready to help you
Dentists are knowledgeable in the use of needles and have in-depth knowledge that covers much of the face and neck. Together, this creates a perfect foundation to build on for offering all types of Botox treatments – from dental specific to the more traditional aesthetic offerings.
The dentists at Coaldale Dental combine this understanding with specific training to offer the same high level of care we do with all our treatments.
Whether you’re looking to work on your smile or soften the crow’s feet around your eyes, our practitioners can help you with Botox treatments!