When you think about Botox, chances are good that you do not think of having the procedure in the dental office. Botox is by far the most popular cosmetic procedure out there with the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, reporting over 7.4 million injection given in 2018. According to a review published by the Journal of International Oral Health (JIOH), Botox has been used to correct parafunctional clenching, extracapsular myogenic temporomandibular disorder, trismus (lock jaw) and the headaches that accompany these conditions.

What is Botox?

Botox is one of the botulinum toxin drugs derived from the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This bacterium may sound a little familiar since it is the same one that causes botulism, a rare but dangerous food-borne illness. The active, therapeutic neurotoxin is harvested, separated and purified in a lab to make it safe and effective for treatment. Its used as a inject-able paralytic and has been FDA approved. In fact, it’s now commonly used in small doses to treat a variety of health problems including excessive sweating, excessive blinking, overactive bladder, and even migraines.

Botox Is For Dental AND Cosmetic Procedures

Botox is now expanding in its application due to the nerve blocking benefits. Dentists are using Botox injections for cosmetic procedures and the following dental treatments…

  • Treatment of (TMJ) Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder
  • Treatment of teeth grinding Bruxism
  • Reducing a “gummy smile” gummy smile also known as excessive gingival display is a smile that shows an excessive amount of gum under the upper lip
  • Adjustment of lips before or after denture placement or oral surgeries

Dentist Are Uniquely Qualified To Administer Botox Injections

Dentists have extensive training on oral and facial anatomy, health, and function. Probably no one is better qualified to administer Botox than a dentist who on a regular basis gives oral and facial injections. According to the American Academy of Facial Aesthetics about 10% of dentist are currently trained to administer Botox with more seeking training every day. The American Dental Association even offers Botox training for its members. It seems there may be a place for Botox in dentistry to help both medically and cosmetically.

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About Tri-State Family Dentistry

Tri-State Family Dentistry is dedicated to providing the highest quality dental care possible. Being privately owned since 2009, we don’t experience the corporate pressure that other dental practices have to hit certain revenue numbers. You will never be ‘sold’ dentistry at Tri-State Family Dentistry. After we explain your treatment options, you can make your own decisions.