Botox® For Dental Use

Primarily used as a cosmetic treatment, Botox® has been used to treat lines and wrinkles on the face. But, the botulinum toxin, the Botox® derivative, actually has a lengthy history of therapeutic medical uses – and believe it or not Botox® for dental use is becoming very prevalent.

Due to the minimally invasive nature, Botox® and its uses in dentistry have greatly expanded to help treat dental conditions such as high lip lines, TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder), teeth grinding (Bruxism), ill-fitting dentures from shifting jaw muscles, and more.

Botox® for Dental Use Can Be Provided by Dentists Who Are Adequately Trained for The Following:

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  • For Edentulous patients (those with no teeth) – it has been shown that they have benefited from Botox® treatment, especially in cases where lip muscles have become repositioned due to a decrease in dimension, vertically. Dentures don’t always fit well, and in these situations, Botox® can help relax and retrain muscles around new dentures, thus making the transition more successful.
  • Patients who have a high lip line can benefit from Botox®, which can help relax lip muscles, giving the patient a more aesthetically-pleasing smile line. This has become a popular option because the process in its entirety is not extremely invasive and offers more immediate treatment.
  • To help Patients with TMJ, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Botox® is also an option. TMJ disorders have been known to cause severe pain due to “hyperactivity of the muscles,” and, in the past, treatment options were limited. Now, however, Botox® can aid in relaxing these muscles. Having your dental professional provide Botox® services offers effective and quick pain relief.
  • The use of Botox® for bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, can help minimize the force of muscular contractions. Botox® injections together, along with the use of a nightguard, can make for effective treatment against teeth grinding.

Botox® injections offer a relatively quick solution to many long-term problems both cosmetically and dentally.

Gaining Popularity With The Use of Botox® in Dentistry

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Botox®, at one point, was only approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for specific procedures: involuntary tight closure of the eyelids and strabismus, which is an abnormal alignment of the eyes and blepharospasm.

Intrigued, the medical community continued to research Botox®; thus, bringing about numerous advancements. There are eight different forms of the botulinum toxin, which have all been tested and researched continuously. And now, Botox® is showing promising results within the dental community.

Because Botox® is minimally invasive, it has become an excellent tool for various dental treatments. Botox® has been shown to help with the management of muscle generated dental diseases such as teeth grinding (bruxism), masseter hypertrophy (enlargement of jaw muscles), clenching, TMJ (temporomandibular disorders). In addition, it has been used to treat aesthetic or functional dental conditions such as nasolabial folds (smile lines), high lip lines, black triangles between teeth, and radial lip lines.

Commonly Heard Myths About Botox®

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Despite the prevalence of Botox® over the past few years, there are still many misconceptions. Here are some common Botox® myths:

  • Myth #1: Botox® injections can lead to a “frozen face.” Many people believe injections of Botox® will make them lose their ability to make facial expressions. Not true. Botox® treatment relaxes muscles directly at the injection point. As long as you are receiving Botox® treatment from someone who performs skilled injections, you should not experience any loss of facial expressions.

  • Myth #2: Botox® is only effective when removing lines. In short, Botox® has many more uses than removing lines or eliminating facial wrinkles. In addition to the dental and eye benefits of Botox®, there are plenty of additional medical uses. Other medical uses include treating TMJ, neck and back pain, hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), and migraine treatment.

  • Myth #3: Botox® injections hurt. Using the term “injection” can instill fear in many, but with Botox®, patients have compared the injection to that of a slight pinch-if they feel anything at all. To keep patients comfortable during administration, a topical anesthetic specifically made for Botox® injections can be used. No additional anesthetic is necessary, and the pain levels are incredibly minimal.

  • Myth #4: If you stop receiving Botox®, wrinkles will worsen. It has been a common misconception that once a person starts Botox® treatment and then stops, their wrinkles will worsen. Botox® does not exacerbate wrinkle formation. Instead, wrinkles will return to their initial look-and will appear as they did before receiving Botox® injections.

  • Myth #5: Botox treatments are harmful. It should be clear that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would not approve something dangerous or toxic. Botox® has more than 20 years of use for several conditions. In addition, Botox® has a well-established history of being completely safe. If you’re still concerned, consider this: you would need a dose of more than 100 times the average cosmetic Botox® dose to be toxic.

How to Find a Skilled Dentist That Provides Botox® For Dental Use

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According to the JIOH (Journal of International Oral Health), Botox® is now correcting many dental conditions. It is entirely acceptable as long as trained dental professionals are using Botox® as part of a comprehensive dental treatment plan that is within the “dental scope of practice” versus a stand-alone procedure.

Dental professionals must have received education and training before administering any Botox® injection. Botox® regulations for dentists and dental hygienists vary from state to state — state licensing boards must be consulted before any Botox® administration to adhere to state regulations and laws.

To find a dentist that does Botox® you can either ask friends, family, or coworkers for references, or use Google. Search for the term “Botox dentist near me in Lincoln, NE” or “Lincoln, NE dental clinic that offers Botox®.” Dentists that offer Botox® at their clinic will advertise this particular service.

If you have a specific dental clinic in mind, but aren’t entirely sure if they offer Botox®, call and ask. This method will not only allow you to find out if a particular dentist offers this service, but it could also help you gauge just how friendly the team is and whether or not the clinic would be a good fit for you.

Because dentists are already extraordinarily knowledgeable and well-equipped to handle procedures riskier than Botox®, this treatment is an excellent addition to dental practices to ensure they can meet patient needs.

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Globally, Botox® is the treatment of choice for retaining a vibrant, youthful appearance and has primarily been administered by dermatologists and plastic surgeons. That, however, has changed because state dental boards are increasingly in support of dentists offering Botox®. Currently, Botox® is an alternative option and is also a great option when other treatments have not provided results. Dentists across the country have sought Botox® training and are beginning to incorporate it into their practices. 

When you ask yourself whether or not Botox® is for you, know that it has been proven an extremely safe and effective treatment for so many different conditions. So, ask your dentist today if Botox® is right for you!

Q and As about BOTOX Treatment

Answered by Dr. Christine Bergman
South Lincoln Family Dentistry

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The information on this page was written by Dr. Christine Bergman.

This gentle dentist in Lincoln, NE says: “I am extremely privileged to be part of this amazing profession. I find there is nothing that is more rewarding than helping my patients learn how to care for their smiles in addition to becoming healthier overall. I feel patients deserve personalized dental care. Therefore, quality dental care is my number one goal. While providing top-notch dental care for you, I want your dental experience to be positive and comfortable.

You can schedule with this Lincoln, NE dentist, or her partners, online 24/7 at a South Lincoln Family Dentistry location near you. This “dentist near me” serves the local communities close to Lincoln. Some of the communities include Roca, Bennet, Firth, Crete, and Hickman!