BOTOX® Cosmetic is a prescription medicine that is injected into muscles and used to temporarily improve the look of both moderate to severe crow’s feet lines and frown lines between the eyebrows in adults.
Since dentists already have a working knowledge of facial anatomy, structure, nerves and muscles, it makes sense that they would have the knowledge and credentials to administer Botox®. Currently, only a small fraction of practicing dentists utilize Botox®, but it’s not for the wrinkle-smoothing abilities that we are familiar.
Botox®, a derivative of the botulinum toxin with the ability to temporarily paralyze muscles after being injected into the neuro-muscular junction, can assist dentists in many ways.
For example, Botox® is an effective treatment for temporomandibular joint pain, an ailment that causes the jaw and facial muscles to clench and be overactive, causing substantial jaw pain and discomfort.
Botox® can help these tense and overactive muscles relax, thus reducing the pain associated with TMJ. Even orthodontists are looking to Botox® to help teeth from re-crowding after braces have been used, and to reduce the look of a low gum line.
Botox® can also be used for denture patients by modifying tight muscles and thus helping new dentures fit and feel comfortable in the patient’s mouth.