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The Place of Botox in Dentistry
Dentists are performing Botox now. What is the world coming to? This is actually a common response when the words ‘Botox’ and ‘Dentist’ are put together in a sentence. The truth is, dentists who use Botox treatments in their work are not being vapid or following the latest money-making fad.
Botox has many applications in both medicine and dentistry. It can do so much more than improve the aesthetic of the face.
Information about Botox
Botox is the brand name of a toxin that is produced by a species of bacteria known as Clostridium Botulinum. The toxin acts on the nerves and can be poisonous or lethal in large amounts. In tiny doses though, Botox stops a particular nerve from transmitting signals to its muscle.
The muscle remains relaxed, which results in many benefits, reduced wrinkles being the most commonly known.
1. Botox treatments and cosmetic dentistry
A smile makeover can give a patient an amazing smile with teeth that are perfectly white, perfectly proportioned and perfectly aligned. All this perfection can create a stark contrast between the patient’s teeth and their lower face.
This means that the perfection of a smile makeover can call attention to the wrinkles and loose skin of a patient’s face.
With the use of Botox treatments, a cosmetic dentist can provide their patients with a more complete aesthetic where perfect teeth complement a mouth free of fine lines and wrinkles.
2. Botox and orthodontics
The point of orthodontics is to align badly-positioned teeth. With this in mind, it is important to remember that the muscles around the mouth can cause misalignment of the teeth. In such scenarios, the mouth and jaw muscles will slow down or even reverse the progress of an orthodontic appliance.
Regular doses of Botox will relax the problem muscles and stop them from clenching and moving the teeth back to their old, undesirable positions.
3. Botox and TMD
Temporomandibular joint disorder is a condition that causes persistent pain in the jaw, face and even the head. It often occurs as a result of a badly-aligned jaw or because of jaw muscles that are constantly clenched.
When TMD is caused by a problem with the jaw muscles, a dentist may choose to inject their patient with Botox. The treatment relaxes the muscles and frees the teeth and jawbone from the constant stress of a clenched jaw.
4. Botox and bruxism
Bruxism is a common cause of TMD, worn down teeth and jaw misalignment. It happens when a person clenches their jaw unconsciously and uncontrollably. Botox treatments cut off transmission from the motor nerves that serve the jaw muscles.
This leaves the muscles relaxed and unable to contract at an intensity that could cause damage. The treatments give a patient relief as they receive treatment for an underlying cause like stress or a malocclusion.
5. Botox and removable prosthodontics
Some people have trouble adjusting to dentures. Their mouth muscles keep moving in a way that dislodges the dentures from their proper position.
That is why prosthodontists are now exploring the use of Botox to help their patients get used to dentures. The logic is that Botox treatments will stop the muscles in the mouth from dislodging the dentures.
Botox could open up new frontiers in dentistry
Now you know that Botox is not only used by cosmetic dentists, it is also useful in treating a number of dental conditions.
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