Botox injections or Botox, for short, is the best known among a group of drugs using various forms of botulinum toxin, a toxin that’s produced by the same microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning. It is used in treating all sorts of condition in the medical field, mainly because of how it can cause the temporary paralysis of muscle activity. Most prominently, however, Botox is to help make people look younger by reducing the appearance of certain facial wrinkles. So, what does this have to do with your dental appointment?
Our faces, mainly our jaws, have muscles prone to suffering from constant muscle spasms. Botox injections may also prove useful in many other dental cases, such as:
- Botox and dermal fillers have been effective in treating high line cases, without having to resort to far more invasive and aggressive forms of treatment.
- In orthodontics, patients with strong mentalis muscles are prone to revert back to pre-therapy positions. Botox makes the muscles weaker, allowing more normal movement and prevent the undoing of your treatment.
- Patients who are still getting used to dentures can benefit from Botox, especially if they suffer from strong and consistent muscle contractions.
If the dentist has had necessary training, injecting Botox will be as easy as injecting a local anesthetic, albeit with far fewer possible complications. And since it is minimally invasive and very easy to administer, the use of Botox injections can present a lot of benefits for both patients and dentists alike.
If you’re interested in learning more about Botox, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.
Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.