Botox has been primarily used as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles and lines on the face. However, the botulinum toxin that Botox is derived from actually has a long history of medically therapeutic uses.
Largely due to its minimally invasive nature, the use of Botox in dentistry is expanding to treat dental conditions like high lip lines, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Bruxism, and more. Patients with a high lip line can use Botox to help relax lip muscles and achieve a lower, more aesthetically-pleasing smile line. This is a popular option because the entire process isn’t very invasive and can provide a more immediate form of treatment. Patients dealing Temporomandibular Joint Disorder can benefit from Botox injections, as well. TMJ disorders can cause severe pain from hyperactivity of the muscles and treatment options have been limited in the past. Now, Botox can simply relax these muscles and dental professionals can offer quick and efficient pain relief. Bruxism can also be minimized with Botox treatments by reducing the force of the muscular contractions involved. These injections can make a useful adjunct therapy to night guard appliances.
Clearly, there are far more cosmetic benefits that Botox can offer patients, as well, but dental patients across the country will soon have the privilege to seek this type of therapy to address all types of dental concerns. Join us as we integrate Botox treatment into our practice; and should you have any questions or what to discuss possible treatment with Dr. Petruk, be it dental or cosmetic, give the office a call at 954-787-6469!