How Botox Aids in Cosmetic Dentistry?

Botox is quite a known name for all you out there. But what you are more acquainted with, is the cosmetic botox that is used for dermatological purposes. Amazingly these days, the use of dental botox are starting to gain serious momentum. This is because dentists are experts of the facial muscle and bone architecture. Their background thus equips them with the ability to achieve more natural-looking results than other Botox providers.

How does a Botox work?

To begin with, the trade name for Botox is botulinum toxin, which comes in the form of a purified protein. The mechanism of action of this protein is that it blocks the transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate the muscle. This is done without affecting the facial muscles (where it is actually injected), that is, there is no loss of sensory feeling in the muscles.

When the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle is unable to contract. That said, the dynamic motion that causes wrinkles in the skin will stop. The skin gradually starts to smooth out. In approximately three to ten days the amazing results of Botox are visible! However, this result lasts till about 3 to 4 months.

The cosmetic benefits of Botox can be reaped in the dental industry. But for correcting lip lines, puckered chins, and gummy smiles, it’s important that only the right facial muscles are treated. Failure to do so can result in visibly awkward results!

Dental Botox

A Quick Glance at the Dental Issues Addressed by a Botox:

  • 1
    Headache pain resulting from muscle tension in the head, face, and neck and/or TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) Syndrome
  • 2
    Persistent clenching and grinding of the teeth
  • 3
    “Gummy” smiles due to over-retracted upper lips
  • 4
    Upside-down smiles
  • 5
    Lip lines and puckered chins

Generally speaking, the areas that commonly receive Botox are the facial wrinkles are the forehead, between the eyes, around the corners of the eyes and around the lips. In the dental field, it alleviates TMJ and bruxism cases, and also patients with chronic TMJ and facial pain. In esthetic dentistry, it is indeed a minimally invasive alternative to surgically treating the following:

  • High lip line cases
  • Denture patients who have trouble adjusting to new dentures
  • Lip augmentation
  • Orthodontic cases where retraining of the facial muscles is necessary.

It needs to be quite unfortunately stated that only approximately 10% of the dentists are trained in these procedures. On the contrary, a dentist already knows the facial anatomy and how to give an injection. The physiology, skeletal structures, vascular and nervous system of the face all known parameters for a dentist. Hence, treating dentists in this arena will create a huge scope for the cosmetic dental industry.