BOTOX® (Botulinum Toxin) in dentistry has been a great contributor to helping relax facial muscles, to minimize short-term pain and improve the appearance of fine lines.
BOTOX®is a deactivated protein that has both cosmetic and therapeutic applications. The protein is administered to localized areas of the face and jaw to relax the muscles.
Can dentist really give Botox?
In 2007, The College of Dental Surgeons of BC included Botox® as part of the scope of practice of cosmetic dentistry in BC. Dentists are more familiar than any other medical professional with the nerves and muscles of the face and oral cavity. They are more comfortable with injections than most physicians as they are a part of their daily routine. Dentists who provide Botox treatments for their clients have had additional training with respect to dispensing and administering the product.
What should I expect at my first appointment?
One of our staff members will compile your medical and dental history during your first visit. We will then examine your teeth and gums, screen you for oral cancer and take X-rays of your teeth as needed. After we review your dental profile, we will discuss a diagnosis with you. We will discuss your options for treatment and fee payment and help you determine the best plan to fit your needs.
Why use BOTOX®?
Cosmetic therapy temporarily relaxes muscles to treat wrinkles. We can treat the forehead, frown lines, and around the eyes, giving the skin a smoother, younger-looking appearance.
Botox can also be administered to help relax the muscles for TMJ. This provides almost immediate relief to your jaw muscles, so that you can avoid wearing a night guard for grinding and clenching, but also get the relief from jaw pain day and night.
Application of BOTOX®
BOTOX® application is quick and painless, and takes only a few minutes to administer after the initial consultation. During the consultation the dentist will consult with you about your current condition and diagnose how many units of botox would be needed. Small injections are applied in the skin, to immobilize the muscles. Normally, results can be seen anywhere from 2-7 days after injection and can last from 3-6months. Some conditions like bruxism and TMJ pain might need follow up appointments to assess progress.
Dentists are a great choice for administering BOTOX® due to their vast knowledge of the head and neck anatomy, and the ability to administer needles painlessly.