Botox is an injectable drug that’s derived from a toxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum, which causes botulism – a type of food poisoning.
Botox blocks nerve function in places it’s injected, so as to paralyze or weaken muscles. This helps control the muscles that cause involuntary spasms, clenching, or grinding.
Botox is used to treat both the health and appearance of your mouth. These include:
Yes! Botox has a number of smile-improving uses to make you feel confident and look radiant. Dental black triangle spaces and gummy smiles are just two examples of dental conditions which benefit from botox treatments.
If you have dental black triangle spaces where your teeth don’t touch and your gum is slightly receded, you may feel food get stuck in these spaces. If you aren’t able to clean these areas properly, you may be at risk for gum disease later on. Botox injections can fill in these spaces, and can relax a muscle that lifts your upper lip higher to make your look more even.
A gummy smile is when you have a lot of gum tissue exposed when you grin because your lip muscles over contract. Botox is used on overactive lip muscles to make your smile look more relaxed.
A successful implant procedure requires that your jaw muscles accept a metal post being placed in your jawbone. However, this doesn’t happen every time.
Having very strong jaw muscles that don’t readily allow for an implant will hinder your plans for restoring your smile with dental implants. Botox treatments can help release the tension in these muscles so your implants can heal and set properly in your jawbone.
If you’ve struggled with headaches but haven’t figured out why, you may want to talk with the team with Summit Dental Group. When headaches aren’t caused by inflammation or infections, chances are you clench or grind your teeth. These behaviors can lead to some really unpleasant symptoms down the road, like chronic headaches.
Botox relieves the muscles involved in these behaviors. As a result, it addresses the related headache pain. When clenching and grinding halt, so does unwanted wear and tear on your teeth.