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How BOTOX Is Used in Dentistry

August 6, 2021
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Posted By: Roger Chan, DMD
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You have probably heard of BOTOX and thought of the treatment as only being associated with facial wrinkles. While it is true that many people use BOTOX cosmetically to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, BOTOX has several practical uses, especially in dentistry.

Relief from TMJ Pain

BOTOX works by relaxing muscles. Since we use muscles constantly, such as for squinting, laughing, and concentrating, over time, they can contribute to wrinkles. By treating those muscles with BOTOX, it helps those muscles relax and allows the creases in your skin to lessen or disappear. 

BOTOX works very much the same way with TMJ pain. Your jaw muscles are some of the strongest in your body, and when you subconsciously overwork them, it can cause fatigue, pain, and swelling. By treating your jaw muscles with BOTOX, it reduces some of their tension so that you cannot bear down as hard and cause pain or damage. In addition, it can reduce the force you apply during clenching and grinding, especially when used in conjunction with a mouthguard.

Relief from Headache Pain in Burnaby

Botox helps muscles relax. If you are the type of person who carries tension in your face, neck, and head, we can use BOTOX to reduce that tension, relieving or reducing your tension headaches.

Cosmetic Uses for BOTOX

Of course, if you would like to try BOTOX for cosmetic purposes, we can help you with that, too. Since you use your facial muscles expressively every day, your face tends to develop wrinkles, which can show your age. Common areas where BOTOX is used to reduce wrinkles include around the eyes, between the eyebrows, and near the corners of your mouth.

As we mentioned above, BOTOX works to provide a smoother, younger appearance the same way it helps relieve pain from headaches or TMJ: by relaxing the muscles. However, in the case of BOTOX for cosmetic purposes, the aim of muscle relaxation is to eliminate wrinkles.

We enjoy helping our patients make aesthetic changes with BOTOX treatments!

How Long Does BOTOX Last?

It is important to remember that BOTOX is temporary, generally lasting for three to six months. It may be necessary to receive another BOTOX treatment after that time, whether you are using the injections to relieve pain or to create a more youthful look. 

Fortunately, BOTOX injections can typically be performed quickly and easily in the comfort of our friendly dental clinic.

BOTOX Treatment in Metrotown

If you are looking for BOTOX to relieve some dental symptoms or want to use BOTOX for cosmetic reasons in Burnaby, BC, give our office a call. We look forward to discussing the many ways in which BOTOX can keep you more comfortable and more beautiful.

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