You may have heard of Botox, but do you know how it works? Are you familiar with all that it can do in the field of medicine? Botulinum toxin injections, including the popular brand of Botox, are used by South Pasadena, California, dentists to help patients with a broad range of concerns. At Huntington Dental Excellence, we have several different uses for Botox injections.
How is Botox used in the field of dentistry?
There are many conditions that can be improved with the use of botulinum toxin injections. Below are just a few that are favored by the team at Huntington Dental Excellence:
- Botox for migraines. Patients with chronic tension headaches and migraines may find relief with the use of regular Botox injections. Botox can help reduce the stress and tension that causes these problems and leave patients relying on over-the-counter pain medications or prescription pharmaceuticals to function through their days.
- Botox for jaw clenching. Conditions such as bruxism and TMJ/TMD can result in tightening and clenching of the jaw. When this happens, it can cause strain on the muscles and ligaments around the temporomandibular joint. Additionally, jaw clenching can break or wear down natural teeth and dental restorations, causing breakage and other common problems.
- Botox for fine lines and wrinkles. One of the most common ways in which Botox is used is for cosmetic enhancement of the face. When patients begin to show fine lines and wrinkles associated with aging, they are often seeking solutions to turn back the hands of time. Botox injections can be used on muscles throughout the face to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles.
- Botox for lips. Patients with a “gummy” smile may find that Botox injections around the lips can keep their upper lip from lifting when they smile. That, in turn, disguises a gummy smile and helps patients feel more confident when socializing with others.