While primarily used for the cosmetic treatment of fine lines lines and wrinkles, the botulinum toxin known as Botox® Cosmetic has a long history of medical applications. Botox is a minimally invasive procedure that also helps in the management of muscle-generated dental diseases. If the use of Botox for cosmetic or dental reasons interests you, call or make an appointment online today with one of the dentists at Prime Smile Dental Group in Marlborough, Massachusetts.
Botulinum toxin comes from the type of bacteria that, in higher quantities, causes a life-threatening form of food poisoning called botulism. However, when used for medical purposes, only small, weaker doses are injected into the body.
There are seven different types of botulinum toxins. However, only two, Types A and B, are commercially available. Toxin A is the most extensively studied.
Botox injections work by either weakening specific muscles or blocking certain nerves. Depending on the condition treated, Botox lasts between three months to a year.
The doctors at Prime Smile Dental Group use Botox to treat several conditions, including:
Chronic migraines result in severe discomfort that reduces your quality of life. To address this disorder, Botox is injected into seven different head and neck muscles every 12 weeks.
Pathologic clenching causes chronic trauma to your teeth, gingiva, and underlying tissues. Low doses of Botox has been found to reduce this disorder.
This type of muscle spasm occurs when all of your chewing muscles convulse, which limits your ability to perform the basic oral hygiene necessary to prevent oral disease. Mandibular spasms also restrict you from receiving dental treatment and cause difficulty eating. Botox diminishes the effects of your muscle spasms.
Botox decreases the symptoms of bruxism, a condition in which you unconsciously grind, gnash, or clench your teeth.
Trigeminal neuralgia is a unilateral neurological disorder that affects your orofacial muscles, causing intense pain. When injected, Botox acts on your nerve endings, reducing the severity of your discomfort.
Botox effectively treats facial wrinkles – deep nasolabial folds, radial lip lines, and high lip lines – as well as black triangles between your teeth.
Showing excessive gingival tissue when you smile is both an oral hygiene and cosmetic issue. When injected in small doses, Botox limits the over-contraction of your upper lip muscle and reduces exposure of your upper gums when smiling.
Whether you’re in pain due to a dental condition or want to rid yourself of unsightly facial wrinkles, call or make an appointment online today with one of the dentists at Prime Smile Dental Group in Marlborough, Massachusetts.