Largely due to its minimally invasive nature, the use of Botox in dentistry is expanding to treat dental conditions including high lip lines, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMJ), Bruxism (Grinding), and dentures that no longer fitting due to shifting jaw muscles, and more.
For our patients experiencing chronic TMJ discomfort can benefit from Botox injections. TMJ disorders can cause severe pain from hyperactivity of the muscles and treatment options have been limited in the past. Now, Botox can simply relax these muscles and can offer quick and efficient pain relief. Bruxism can also be minimized with Botox treatments by reducing the force of the muscular contractions involved. These injections can make a useful adjunct therapy to night guard appliances.
Dermal fillers can be used in the perioral area to enhance a smile by restoring volume to the lips and face. Repeated treatment encourages collagen to grow and maintain the results longer. Commonly treated areas are lip enhancement, nasolabial folds (the parentheses around the mouth), marionette lines, and smokers’ lines.