You may be wondering about, Botox at the dentist? Why? When you think of the dentist, you probably first think of it as the place to go for routine cleanings, cavities, and all things related to your oral hygiene. And while that is true, and Botox is often first thought of for its cosmetic benefits to help provide a more youthful appearance, it also has been proven to offer relief from migraines and TMJ, and other dental-related concerns.
Let’s dive into why here at South Gables Dental, we provide Botox treatment for our patients in Coral Gables and the surrounding South Florida community.
What Does Botox Do?
Let’s start with the basics. Botox is a non-surgical treatment that was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) back in 1989 and additional use cases have since been approved. It is a prescription medicine made by purifying a protein produced by a bacteria called Clostridium botulinum type A – which is commonly found in many natural settings and is considered a neurotoxin protein. It is administered by a medical professional by injection.
How Long Does Botox Take to Work?
You should expect to have a few short sessions over the course of several months. An appointment typically ranges from 10-30 minutes. Many patients both see and feel results within a few days or and others can take up to 2 weeks to experience the full effects. And minus some possible redness and a little swelling, there is no downtime and minimal side effects which works well for the busy lifestyles most of us are accustomed to.
Results typically last for approximately 3-months and your trusted medical professional can advise best on the frequency for your Botox treatment schedule. Botox treatments may not be the best treatment option for all patients, so it’s imperative to select a trusted medical team.
What is Botox Used For?
The two main use cases for Botox treatment include both clinical and cosmetic uses. On the clinical side, it has been proven to reduce migraine symptoms in addition to alleviating the discomfort of TMD (temporomandibular joint dysfunction) or TMJ (temporomandibular joint). About 12% of the U.S. population suffers from migraines, so there’s a good chance you do or someone you know does. Receiving Botox treatment for migraines has been proven to be effective and was approved for migraine use in 2010. When treating migraines, there are seven spots around your head and neck muscles where Botox will be injected.
Additionally, there have been a handful of studies that have show Botox treatments to be effective for relieving jaw pain from TMJ. The injection is often given in the forehead temple and jaw when using Botox for TMJ pain.
If you’ve been experiencing jaw pain within the past year without a history of it previously, you’re not alone. On a related note, during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increase of patients coming in for pain associated with teeth grinding which often aggravates those with TMJ. The increase in teeth grinding this year is suspected to come as a result of the increased feelings of distress caused by the global pandemic. Botox essentially works by releasing muscle tension and by doing so helps alleviate the painful symptoms associated with both migraines and TMJ.
On the cosmetic side, Botox treatments help to visibly reduce lines and wrinkles without downtime, and additional implications surgical options may pose.
As with any prescription drug, it is important to go to a trusted professional to assess your health needs, to ensure you are a good candidate, and to properly administer Botox treatments.
7 Ways Botox Treatment Can Improve Your Life
Now that we’ve set the foundation and understanding the ways Botox can be used, here are seven of the many ways it can help improve your life.
1. Enhancing Your Confidence
When you look good, you feel good and vice versa. Botox treatments can help make you feel better and improve appearances which often result in increased well-being and confidence.
2. Decreasing Pain
As noted above, Botox treatments are effective in reducing pain associated with both migraines and TMJ.
3. Helping to Stress Less
Stress can bring about increased TMJ pain and chronic headaches, which then causes more stress as it causes pains or impedes your daily routine, putting you on a vicious cycle. Botox works by relaxing the muscles that can often seize up when stressing.
4. Improving Your Quality of Life
Migraines can be debilitating and put you out of commission and cause you to miss important personal and professional life events.
5. Enhancing and Reshaping Your Smile
Some patients feel they show off too much of their gums when smiling and Botox can help by relaxing the muscles and avoiding expensive and painful surgery for this.
6. Adjusting to New Dentures
Dentures are often very dramatic and sudden change for a patient and can cause discomfort. Botox can help decrease the muscle tension in this area, thus helping to decrease the pain.
7. Reducing Visible Wrinkles
Botox may be best known for its ability to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, thus providing a more youthful appearance.
Get Botox® Treatment in Coral Gables, Florida
Your health is priceless — whether that be mental, physical, or a combination of those two. Looking good and feeling good play a big part in your overall health. South Gables Dental is proud to be a top Botox treatment dentist in Coral Gables. So if you are looking for relief, schedule your appointment with South Florida’s top dental and botox provider.