When you think of botox treatments, the first thing that comes to mind might be visiting a plastic surgeon or dermatologist. However, did you know that you can also receive botox treatments at the dentist? That’s right, dental offices nationwide are now offering botox treatments for both cosmetic and medical reasons. If you have TMJ or unwanted wrinkles, schedule a consultation with Dr. Henrich.
Botox injections can treat wrinkles and fine lines around the face, including frown lines, crow’s feet, and forehead wrinkles. These types of wrinkles are often caused by repetitive muscle movements over time, such as squinting or furrowing your brow.
Botox works by temporarily paralyzing these muscles, which can smooth out the wrinkles and give your face a more youthful appearance. Dental offices that offer botox treatments typically have a deep understanding of facial anatomy, which makes them well-suited to provide effective and precise treatments.
Treatment of TMJ and Bruxism
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ) and bruxism, which is the involuntary grinding or clenching of teeth, can cause significant pain and discomfort in the jaw and surrounding areas.
Botox injections can relax the muscles that contribute to these conditions. Fortunately, this can provide relief for those who suffer from them. When administered by a dental professional, botox injections can help alleviate jaw tension and reduce the symptoms of TMJ and bruxism.
Reduction of Migraines and Headaches
Chronic migraines and headaches can significantly impact your quality of life, making it difficult to focus and enjoy day-to-day activities. Botox injections can reduce the frequency and severity of these headaches by blocking pain signals from reaching the brain. Some patients report a reduction in migraines and headaches for up to three months after receiving botox treatments.
Treatment of Excessive Sweating
Excessive sweating, or hyperhidrosis, can be a frustrating and embarrassing condition that affects your confidence and quality of life. Botox injections can block the chemical signals that trigger sweat production in the underarms, hands, and feet. This can reduce sweating in these areas for several months, relieving those suffering from hyperhidrosis.
Improved Oral Health
While botox injections are primarily known for their cosmetic and medical benefits, they can also improve your oral health. For example, botox injections can treat a “gummy” smile. This occurs when too much gum tissue is visible when you smile.
By injecting botox into the muscles that control the upper lip, a dentist can help reduce the amount of gum tissue that is visible when you smile. Additionally, botox injections can treat TMJ and bruxism, which can cause damage to teeth and gums over time.