When you think of botox, you probably conjure up images of Beverly Hills and wealthy, elderly people getting rid of the wrinkles in their face. While that is still the primary use for it, botox is evolving in the field of dentistry for a number of reasons. Due to its minimally invasive nature, botox is a fantastic alternative for the treatment of a variety of dental conditions.
Though it is also used for cosmetic purposes in dentistry, it requires a license to use in the treatment of oral conditions. Dr. Klayman of Red Bank Smiles is a certified botox provider and a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics.
What Is Botox Used For in Dentistry?
Botox is used to treat dental conditions like high lip lines, TMJ Disorder, Bruxism, ill-fitting dentures due to shifting, and much more.
- High Lip Lines: For patients with a gummy smile, botox is a minimally invasive way to relax the muscles in the lip and provide them with a more aesthetically pleasing smile line.
- TMJ: Patients with TMJ experience hyperactivity of the jaw muscles that can cause severe pain. With limited treatment options in the past, botox is an easy alternative to provide immediate pain relief.
- Bruxism: Bruxism is a condition in which you grind or clench your teeth, resulting in worn down enamel, headaches, jaw pain, and tooth pain. With botox, the injection relaxes the jaw muscles, reducing the impact the clenching and grinding has on your teeth. While it’s not a solution by itself, it’s a great adjunct therapy with night guards.
Botox may be a treatment option you’ve never considered or are apprehensive about, but it’s FDA-approved and Dr. Klayman is highly skilled in administering it. Ask about it at our office if you’re experiencing any of the above conditions!