Botox and Dentistry

By Montgomery Dental Care
December 31, 2020
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

Botox can do more than just smooth away lines and wrinkles.

You’ve probably heard of Botox and may even understand the cosmetic benefits that surround this anti-aging treatment; however, are you surprised to discover that our Montgomery, OH, dentist Dr. Janette Williams offers Botox? You shouldn’t be! After all, a dentist has extensive knowledge of the muscles and structure of the face, making them the perfect doctor to administer Botox.

Botox can be used to,

  • Smooth away lip lines
  • Treat facial pain caused by teeth grinding or jaw clenching
  • Eliminate jaw pain and muscle tension caused by temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder

Yes, that’s right! Botox is more than just an amazing cosmetic treatment, our Montgomery, OH, dental team also uses it to treat face and neck pain caused by bad habits such as teeth grinding or from jaw joint disorders such as TMJ.

How does Botox work?

Botox is made from a purified, medical-grade form of botulinum toxin A. When injected into the face, this neurotoxin temporarily prevents the muscles from contracting, which eases any clenching or grinding that you do throughout the day or while you are asleep.

During your routine checkups, our dental team will look for excessive wear on teeth and other signs that you might clench or grind your teeth at night. While there are oral appliances that can also help ease symptoms while you sleep, you may choose to get Botox if you like the idea of not having to wear a dental appliance to bed each night.

How long does it last?

Getting Botox is incredibly simple and easy. It only takes a couple of minutes to administer treatment right here in our office and you can go right back to your normal activities (except strenuous exercise) immediately after. You should start to notice an improvement in your symptoms within 3-4 days with full effects from Botox taking about a week.

Most people experience relief for up to six months. In some cases, patients no longer need additional treatments and find that their facial pain is gone, while others may benefit from maintenance treatments every year. This is something that you can determine with your dentist.

If you want to find out if you are an ideal candidate for Botox, turn to our Montgomery, OH, dental team for an evaluation. Call Montgomery Dental Care today at (513) 793-5703 to find out if Botox is right for you.