We have all heard of the use of Botox in the cosmetic surgery industry but do you know that it can also have a lot of benefits in the world of dentistry?
In most cases, Botox is used as a minimally invasive treatment to help with lip augmentation and getting rid of facial wrinkles. At Serenity Dental, though, Botox can be used to treat high lip lines for people who wear dentures, teeth grinding, temporomandibular joint disorders, reshaping your smile and other issues.
What is Botox?
Botox is a botulinum toxin that causes botulism, a foodborne illness. However, for the purpose of dentistry, its active, therapeutic neurotoxin is isolated and purified making it safe for dental treatments.
This protein helps relax muscles, which is why it is used to reduce wrinkles. Within a few hours after getting a Botox injection, the protein attaches to the nerve endings that control muscle movement. Over the course of a few days, the toxin block nerve signals that cause muscle contractions, but do not have any effect on sensory neurons.
The effect of Botox is temporary and typically lasts for three to four months. When the symptom returns, you may get another dose of Botox.
Benefits of Botox in Dentistry
Botox has several benefits in the field of dentistry.
Dr. Welton have received the proper training to administer Botox and can offer you a variety of effective new treatment options, including:
Side Effects of Botox
Botox is derived from a bacterial toxin, which can have adverse effects if it spreads through the body. Some symptoms include muscle weaknesses, difficulty in breathing, urinary issues, and difficulty swallowing.
Fortunately, though, the risk of these issues is low at Serenity Dental. We make sure that we inform our patients of all the benefits and risks of the procedure and follow best clinical practices to ensure we give you the correct doses to minimize risks.
In addition, Botox has no recovery time and is also affordable. Hence, it is a good alternative temporary treatment option in dentistry.
If you suffer from the issues outlined above, give us a call at (509) 209-8537 and we will schedule you a consultation where we will determine whether Botox is a good treatment option for you.