Botox In Dentistry Edmonton

Botox in Dentistry: What You Need to Know

Dr. Gordon Poznikoff

Dr. Gordon Poznikoff

If you’re considering botox treatments for dental reasons, you’re not alone. Many people are opting for botox to correct problems such as TMJ and clenching. In this blog post, we will discuss the basics of botox in dentistry and what you need to know before making a decision.

How Botox Applies to Dentistry

Botox is a popular cosmetic treatment that is also used for therapeutic purposes. It works by temporarily paralyzing the muscles in the treated area. Once it is injected into the muscle, it binds to the nerve and decreases the contractions of the muscle. This can help to reduce wrinkles, fine lines, and other signs of aging.

Botox typically lasts for about four to six months. The results are not permanent, and the injections will need to be repeated in order to maintain the results.

Treatment of Temporal Mandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ)

80% of patients have TMJ and need some sort of treatment. Botox is a popular treatment for this. Botox can help to relieve the pain and discomfort associated with TMJ by relaxing the muscles in the jaw. It can also help to improve the function of the joint and reduce noise when opening and closing the mouth.

Treatment of Bruxism (Teeth Grinding)

Bruxism is a condition that causes people to grind their teeth. This can lead to headaches, jaw pain, and even tooth loss. botox can help to relax the muscles in the jaw and reduce the grinding.

Reducing a “gummy smile” without surgical intervention

Patients that have a gummy smile can often feel self-conscious about their appearance. botox can help to reduce the amount of gum that is shown when smiling by relaxing the muscles in the upper lip.

Adjustment of lips before or after denture placement or oral surgeries.

Botox can help to improve the fit of dentures by relaxing the muscles in the lips. It can also help to reduce scarring and improve the appearance of the lips after oral surgery.

Before you decide to undergo botox treatment, it is important to consult with a qualified dental professional. They will be able to assess your individual needs and recommend the best course of treatment. Botox treatments are generally safe and have few side effects. However, as with any medical procedure, there are always risks involved. Be sure to discuss all potential risks and benefits with your dentist before proceeding with treatment.

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Dr. Gordon Poznikoff
Dr. Gordon Poznikoff
Owner and General Dentist at Heritage Dental Centre in Edmonton.