You may have heard of dentists in Dedham offering Botox as part of their treatment options. But how is Botox used in dentistry, and how can you benefit from it? In this blog from Digital Dental Studio, we’ll explain the basics about how Botox works, and how Dr. Anna Vishart uses Botox at our office.
Botox is derived from the botulinum toxin, a highly toxic substance created by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. However, it’s specially formulated and designed to be completely safe when administered by a professional.
This toxin has the ability to interrupt nerve transmission when it’s injected into muscles, which causes the muscles to relax. This has cosmetic benefits, and also allows Botox to be used to treat other muscular disorders, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
Most people use Botox for cosmetic treatment. When it’s injected into certain areas of the face, it paralyzes the muscles and causes wrinkles and fine lines to smooth out and become less prominent.
Botox is primarily used in the neck, forehead, cheeks, and in the areas around the mouth. When used properly, it smooths out your face and provides you with a rejuvenated, youthful appearance. Its effects usually last 3-4 months, but can last up to 6 months in some patients.
Dentists like Dr. Vishart are a great choice for administering Botox, since they have extensive knowledge of facial anatomy and can administer Botox precisely to problem areas. Getting Botox at the dentist is also very convenient, since you can get treatment after your six-month cleanings and other visits to Digital Dental Studio.
TMJ (temporomandibular joint disorder) is one of the most common jaw disorders, and can cause pain, difficulty chewing, and the inability to fully open your mouth. This disorder occurs when the small, delicate joints below your ears become inflamed or damaged. These joints connect the jaw to the skull, and can be damaged by a lot of different things, such as jaw overuse due to teeth grinding (bruxism).
If Dr. Vishart suspects that your TMJ is being caused by teeth grinding and clenching, or the general overuse of your jaw muscles, Botox may be recommended for TMJ treatment. Dr. Vishart will inject the Botox into a few of your jaw muscles. This paralyzes some of the muscles, which reduces your ability to grind your teeth and helps eliminate pain.
Depending on your case, Botox for TMJ treatment may also be paired with other treatments, such as muscle relaxers, a night guard to protect your teeth from grinding, physical therapy, and lifestyle changes. Dr. Vishart is an expert in TMJ treatment in Dedham, so come to our office right away if you’ve been experiencing jaw pain, and we can develop a plan that’s right for you.
Dr. Vishart has years of experience with Botox. Whether you’re interested in its cosmetic benefits, or you need to treat TMJ and jaw pain, our team is here to help. Give us a call at (781) 471-7934 or contact us online to schedule an appointment in Dedham right away.