The Benefits of Botox in Dentistry
Botox is most recognizable as a tool used to reduce facial wrinkles. You may be asking yourself, “What role could Botox possibly play in my regular dental visit?”
Botox works by reducing and relaxing the contractions of underlying muscles. By using this method of action, we can use Botox in dentistry to aid in therapy for grinding, clenching, and TMJ disorders, as well as to help reduce very high or gummy smiles.
Many people suffer from TMJ disorders, or are chronic clenchers or grinders. This can lead to a multitude of problems, such as pain along the strong muscles that support the jaw, tenderness of the back molars, as well as erosion and destruction of enamel and tooth structures. Studies have found that by using Botox in the strong muscles that support the jaw, we can lessen the force placed along the jaw and teeth. This helps decrease pain and tension associated with chronic clenching, grinding, and TMJ problems, as well as helps lessen negative effects to the teeth.