Alternative BOTOX® Treatments in Dentistry
BOTOX® Cosmetic is a well-known injectable skin treatment used for reducing facial lines and wrinkles. However, there are several alternative BOTOX® treatments available at our state-of-the-art dental practice in Long Island, NY. At Greater Long Island Dental, we are specially trained in using BOTOX® treatments not only for cosmetic enhancements, but as a clinical adjunct for a variety of conditions related to your oral health. As a minimally invasive treatment, therapeutic BOTOX® injections can be an excellent tool for conservative dental treatment.
The therapeutic use of BOTOX® injections can be tremendously helpful in dentistry, but not every dentist is knowledgeable in its use.
Therapeutic Uses of BOTOX®
BOTOX® Cosmetic is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a purified protein that can temporarily block nerve signals to the muscle that causes movement. When injected into specific areas of the face—typically the forehead, the outer corners of the eyes, and between the eyes—it reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles and discourages new ones from developing.
Until BOTOX® Cosmetic was introduced in 2002, however, the botulinum toxin BOTOX® injections are derived from was FDA-approved only as a therapeutic treatment for crossed eyes and abnormal eyelid spasms. In 2004, the FDA approved BOTOX® treatment to improve severe sweating. It is now approved to treat several medical conditions in the U.S., including certain types of chronic pain, chronic migraines, and overactive bladder.
Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder can describe a number of conditions that affect the jaw joints. Symptoms usually include facial pain, neck pain, headache, clicking or popping sounds from the joint, and difficulty chewing. BOTOX® injections can help control muscle spasms and provide pain relief associated with TMJ disorder.
This term is used collectively for clenching and grinding of the teeth, which usually occurs at night. Often associated with TMJ disorder, bruxism can cause headaches and facial pain and damage otherwise healthy teeth and gums. Though night guards can help many patients, BOTOX® injections are an alternative that can relax the jaw muscles to relieve symptoms.
Although many more patients today receive dental implants to stabilize their denture, some patients are not candidates for this treatment. It is common for a patient with new removable dentures to have trouble getting used to wearing the prosthetic. Hyperactive muscles typically underlie problems with denture retention. BOTOX® can relax targeted muscles to help patients wear their traditional dentures more comfortably.
BOTOX® treatment can be used strategically in combination with dermal fillers like JUVÉDERM® to enhance the appearance of your smile. JUVÉDERM® can plump lips and smooth wrinkles, while BOTOX® Cosmetic can create improved smile aesthetics by controlling how the lip moves. For example, it can relax and lower an upper lip that lifts too high and creates a “gummy” smile.
Note that there are several additional current and emerging uses for BOTOX® injections in dentistry. Our doctors can provide more information about therapeutic treatment that may pertain to your concerns with a personal consultation.
The therapeutic use of BOTOX® injections can be tremendously helpful in dentistry, but not every dentist is knowledgeable in its use. To find out if you can benefit from alternative uses of BOTOX® Cosmetic from our highly trained doctors, please contact Greater Long Island Dental today.
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