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The Different Uses Of Botox In Dentistry

A dentist who is qualified to administer Botox® can treat patients for both medical and cosmetic concerns. When searching “Botox injections near me”, many patients only look for their local plastic surgeon or dermatologist. However, the use of Botox in dentistry continues to gain popularity. Botox works by blocking certain nerve signals to muscles, or temporarily reducing muscle activity. While it is commonly used for facial rejuvenation procedures, there are countless areas of dental concerns that Botox treatment can address. Read on to learn about some other common uses of Botox.


Creates Beautiful Smiles

A smile that shows an excessive amount of exposed gum tissue above the top teeth is often called a “gummy smile”. It can also be described as having a high lip line or in medical terms, excessive gingival display. This can make patients hide their smile because they are embarrassed by the look of their teeth and gums. There are many factors that can cause a gummy smile, one being hyperactive upper lip muscles. As a non-invasive treatment for this condition, Botox can be used to relax the lip muscles that cause the over contraction while smiling. Using Botox for a smile line can help a patient smile with confidence again! We love to see our patients smile, so if you hesitate when you smile, schedule an appointment at our Manasquan dental spa or your local dentist to learn more.


Relaxes Facial Muscles After Dental Work

Botox in dentistry can also be used to help patients adjust to new dentures. Adjusting to dentures can be difficult, especially for full denture wearers, because dentures can cause a significant change to the mouth structure. This can result in pain around the mouth which can then lead to dentures no longer fitting properly. To alleviate pain and better adjust to new dentures, a patient can get Botox injected around certain facial muscles. In addition to new denture wearers, other patients can experience less pain and discomfort by the use of Botox after almost any orthodontic or dental procedure.


Relieves Symptoms of TMD

If a patient wants to avoid invasive treatments for TMD, Botox is the non-invasive treatment that temporarily relaxes muscle tension around the mouth and jaw. This can relieve the discomfort of TMD pain. Symptoms of TMD can include swelling on the sides of the face, pain in the jaw area, frequent neck aches or headaches, and a clicking or popping sound when the jaw moves. If you are experiencing symptoms of TMD, speak with a certified Botox dentist like Dr. Barba about a personalized treatment plan.


Restores A Youthful Look And Feel

One of the most common uses for Botox is improving the look of moderate to severe lines and wrinkles. Common treatments include Botox for the forehead, or forehead lines, and also for frown lines and crow’s feet. But is Botox in dentistry safe? Yes! A dentist is highly trained in the muscles and structure of the face. When a dentist is certified to administer Botox, they are considered some of the most trusted medical professionals to help you restore a more youthful look.

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Before starting this or any treatment, always speak with Dr. Valerie Barba or a qualified health provider about important safety information and approved uses pertinent to your personal medical status.

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