What is Botox?

Botox is an injection that helps to relax and paralyze certain muscles within the mouth and facial area. While many may think of Botox as a cosmetic treatment, it can and has been successfully used in dentistry for years. Botox can help treat TMJ-related pain and discomfort as well as improve the fit and feel of dentures and other prosthetic appliances. It is safely injected and can be beneficial for most patients.

Why would Botox be needed?

Botox can be used for a variety of dental-related reasons. For patients with TMJ problems, Botox helps to relax the muscle and improves both pain and discomfort. Botox can even be used for denture patients who are having trouble adjusting to the new prosthesis. Botox can be used for other intra-oral conditions related to muscles and soft tissue and has been effectively used for years.

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What makes you a good candidate for Botox?

Most patients who want or even need Botox are good candidates for the actual procedure. The injections are safe, easy and entirely harmless. There are only benefits that come from using Botox. We will determine if Botox is right for you with a simple exam and consultation.

What happens during the procedure for Botox?

The first step is determining if Botox is right for you. For a lot of patients, Botox is a wonderfully convenient option that is easy and affordable. You’ll come into our office for the actual procedure to be done. We will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area that will be receiving the injection. One or several injections are made using the Botox medication. You may need to come in for routine followup appointments and consecutive treatments throughout the year or on an as-needed basis. Before the procedure is done, we’ll prepare you for what to expect and how to improve the effects of the Botox.

If you are interested in Botox and what it can do for your oral and facial health, call our office today and we’ll work to get you in for an appointment.