“Botox is a purified protein made from the Botulinum toxin, which is produced by a bacteria,” stated Dr. Lauren Nguyen, cosmetic dentist and owner of Pinnacle Dental in Houston, Texas. “It is a safe, minimally invasive treatment that is non-surgical and reversible. In earlier years it was primarily known for its cosmetic use with facial wrinkles. However research has given us much to consider. There are now new types of Botox and its applications have expanded greatly. Currently Botox treatments are used for muscle-generated dental diseases such as temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD and TMJ), clenching, masseter hypertrophy, and other functional conditions or disorders. And the cosmetic uses of Botox treatments have also expanded.”
Cosmetic dentists and other dental professionals must undertake training and education concerning the use of Botox. They are allowed to administer Botox injections as part of a treatment plan within the scope of their dental practice. Common Botox treatments administered by cosmetic dentists and other dental professionals include temporomandibular joint disorders, chronic migraines, and cosmetic applications.
Botox blocks particular chemical signals from nerves. These chemical signals cause muscles to contract. The net result is that the muscles will temporarily relax. The benefit to the patient is that certain facial muscles will relax and provide pain relief to certain conditions. Cosmetically Botox injections will relax the facial muscles that contract and cause wrinkles in the forehead.
There can be side-effects resulting from Botox injections. They are infrequent, relatively minor, and usually disappear within a few days. Cosmetic dentists and other dental professionals will always advise their patients about possible side-effects. Side-effects can include the following: