While Botox is well known for its treatment for fine lines and wrinkles, Botox is also used in dentistry for many different treatments. For our dental patients, it’s an effective treatment for temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJ), as well as in treating pain associated with Bruxism. Dental Botox is also a fantastic, minimally invasive treatment for high lip lines, and lip augmentation.
With all these benefits, you might have some questions before you contact your dentist – Here’s what you need to know:
What is Botox?
Botox derives from C. botulinum bacteria, and is an injectable muscle relaxer that works to cause temporary muscle paralysis.
Botox treatments are a minimally invasive procedure and when injected, results in temporary paralysis or relaxation of the muscles around the injection site. Procedures routinely only take a few minutes and will not require anesthesia but may cause minor discomfort.
Botox is a safe and efficient cosmetic treatment for alleviating fine lines and wrinkles around the face, eyes and mouth. Medically it can also help to prevent clenching and pain in patients suffering from TMJ, or Bruxism.
What are some common side effects of Botox?
When administered correctly, Botox is generally safe and can provide impressive results, but there are some common side effects to be aware of. Common side effects following Botox injections may include pain, redness, bruising, or swelling at the site of injection. More uncommonly, patients might experience headache, illness that mimics the flu, nausea, or muscle weakness.
To avoid adverse or uncommon reactions, it’s recommended to avoid touching the treated area for at least 2 hours after injections.
How long does Dental Botox last?
How long Botox lasts can vary from patient to patient depending on what is being treated – At TenderCare Dental in Portland, we will likely create a regular treatment plan with recommendations on dosage and how often you may need to return for touch ups. That being said, Botox injections and treatments will typically last anywhere from three to six months.
After your immediate procedure, it may take up anywhere from 2 to 10 days to see full results.
What are the benefits of Botox in Dentistry?
Dental Botox provides a number of benefits for patients:
- Treatment of Bruxism, and pain caused from grinding or teeth clenching
- TMJ Treatment
- Improvement in the appearance of “gummy” smiles due to a high lip line without surgery
- Minimally invasive Lip Augmentation, correction of upside-down smiles or frowns
- Improvement in fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth
Looking for Dental Botox procedures near Portland? Visit the friendly and competent team at any TenderCare Dental office in Oregon today.
Our highly trained staff is happy to offer Dental Botox treatments to help our patients get the relief they are seeking – If you have any questions about our dental Botox treatments, contact us today!