When it comes to protecting the teeth, many people opt for dental sealants. At the same time, there are a lot of people who have no idea what these are or their purpose. If you care about the health and appearance of your teeth, you should talk to your dentist about sealants. Before you do,…
Dental Reasons for a Therapeutic Botox Treatment
Therapeutic Botox is a new treatment option in the dental industry. While Botox is widely known for its use in helping people get rid of fine lines and wrinkles, as well as helping those suffering from chronic migraines to find relief. But, that is not where the effectiveness of Botox ends. With more advancement in research, it has been found that Botox can also be useful for certain oral health conditions and can be used by dentists to help with certain issues.
What is Botox?
One of the first things to answer is the question of what exactly Botox is. Botox is considered a botulinum toxin drug. Using advanced technology, the therapeutic neurotoxin that is injected into a patient is first purified.
Although the science behind how Botox is made can be a bit confusing, the effects that people are experiencing in many different areas have been significant for many areas of the medical field.
How is therapeutic Botox used in dentistry?
The use of Botox in dentistry is a new use of the drug that has caught the attention of many dental professionals. The uses can vary in what issues and treatments it can help with. Currently, it is known to help with parafunctional clenching, extracapsular myogenic temporomandibular disorder and a condition called trismus. More importantly, the Botox treatment can significantly help with the headaches that typically accompany these conditions.
In these cases, therapeutic Botox can be used when they are a part of a dental plan for a specific issue. However, not as a standalone treatment by itself. It is also important that the dental professional has completed additional education and practice in how to incorporate Botox treatment into their dental profession and treatment plans.
How exactly does Botox work?
One thing that many people have a question about is how Botox does what it does and whether it is being used for therapeutic or cosmetic reasons. Either way, it works in the same way just for different reasons
Botox works by attaching to the nerve endings that control muscle contractions. It is important to note that they only connect to motor neurons and not ones for sensory aspects which would be ones that affect the feeling of pain, touch and temperature.
Because of these aspects, Botox treatments have been found to provide therapeutic relief in certain cases, such as for people with chronic migraines and now specific dental problems that could have some of the side effects, such as headaches, relieved by using the product.
Have more questions about the different ways Botox is used?
Because therapeutic Botox treatment is new, there are many questions that patients have with how everything works. Our office and staff are always ready to answer questions you may have and help you understand how it could be used in your treatment.
Give us a call, anytime, and we will be glad to go over any additional questions you may have and help guide you in making the best decision for your dental and oral health! Contact us today!
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