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How is Botox Used in Dentistry?

May 31, 2018
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Posted By: Dr. Ellie Moore
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You have probably heard of Botox and may have even had treatment to minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on your face.

While it’s true that it works wonders for restoring a more youthful appearance, there are several therapeutic uses for Botox in dentistry than you might realize.

How Botox Can Help With TMJ Disorders

Botox is the brand name for a type of neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. The toxin works by blocking the release of neurotransmitters, causing facial muscles to relax, which is why it’s widely used for facial esthetics.

More and more dentists today are trained to administer Botox injections because of their familiarity with the movement of facial muscles. But because it causes muscular paralysis, Botox can also be used for the management of chronic pain related to migraines and in the treatment of bruxism and TMJ-related disorders.

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Chronic grinding of your teeth (bruxism) can damage your teeth and gums and often results in headaches, neck and shoulder pain, and ongoing oral health problems. But Botox injected into the muscles that control chewing can provide relief from painful symptoms and eliminates the resulting damage to your teeth.

Unlike mouth guards that prevent teeth from coming into contact with each other, Botox tackles the underlying cause of the problem.

Chronic Migraines

If you have a history of migraine headaches, you know the toll they can take on your quality of life. Botox has been proven to provide relief for migraines.

Is Botox in Barrie, ON Right for You?

At Park Place Dental, our dentist Dr. Ellie Moore is certified to deliver safe Botox injections. Whether you are seeking pain relief or a more youthful smile, please call to arrange a consultation with Dr. Moore. She will listen to your concerns and provide the guidance you need to make an informed decision about Botox treatment.