Botox and Your Dentist: What is the Correlation Between the Two? 

You come to the dentist for the health of your smile and to improve its aesthetic appeal, but did you know there is so much your dentist in Indianapolis can do to really make your smile shine? Traditionally, Botox was administered by a trained plastic surgeon or dermatologist and used to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. However, since its FDA approval in 2002, it has become a very popular treatment in the anti-aging market with more than 11 million customers.

We've rounded up some of the most common questions about Botox.

What is Botox?

It’s a safe, clinically produced bacterium that is injected into muscles. When injected in small diluted amounts, Botox prevents the muscles from contracting and reduces the look of wrinkles. Within three to five days of treatment, lines and wrinkles relax, giving the face a smoother and happier appearance. Every patient is different, but often Botox treatments typically last three to four months and can be repeated any number of times.

What are the reasons people get Botox?

The primary reason is that people want to fight the signs of aging. This is not a new phenomenon…battling wrinkles has been around for centuries and is most popular among women between the ages of 45-54. However, Botox is not only used now to prevent fine lines and wrinkles; it’s also become popular with younger women who want to slow down the development of them.

Other reasons why people may get Botox injections include:

In-office dental application examples:

  • Teeth grinding: Also known as bruxism, Botox can help release the muscles that contract and cause your teeth to grind when you sleep.This procedure can bring painful grinding to a halt, leading to a better night’s sleep, improved quality of life, and a significant reduction in pain. And studies show it makes a difference. In one, participants said their grinding symptoms were “much improved” or “very much improved.”
  • TMJ disorders: According to a study conducted in 2012, Botox can help alleviate some of the pain associated with temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders (e.g., jaw pain, headaches, face, or jaw joint pain).Some minor side effects are possible, but we will make you aware of all of thembefore recommending treatment.
  • It helps with migraines. A series of injections will help relax your muscles as well as block the sensory nerves that send pain signals to the brain.

Non-dental application examples:

  • It's a treatment for hyperhidrosis. For people who excessively sweat, Botox works by blocking the secretion of the chemical that activates sweat glands. Its not a permanent solution but will last for about seven months.
  • It helps your eyes. If you suffer from blurred vision, eye twitching, or have eyes that are not properly aligned or spasms, Botox injections will help relax your eye muscles.
  • Bladder control. If you have an overactive bladder, Botox will help normalize the number of times you have to use the washroom.
  • Neck spasms. Botox works by blocking the chemical between nerves and muscles that cause the muscles in your neck to tighten or contract.