One may raise an eyebrow when they hear about Botox being applied in modern dentistry. How is this even possible? Are there any risks or complications? We all know that Botox has been primarily used in cosmetic treatment for lines and wrinkle reduction. But the botulinum toxin that Botox Odessa FL is derived from has a long history of therapeutic uses. Botox application in the cosmetic industry was introduced in 2002. The only FDA-approved uses of Botox were for strabismus (crossed eyes) and blepharospasm of the abnormal muscle spasms of the eyelids.
How is Botox Applied in Modern Dentistry?
Botox is a neurotoxin derived from bacterium Clostridium botulinum. This toxin inhibits the release of “acetylcholine” (ACH). ACH is a neurotransmitter responsible for the activation of muscle contraction and glandular secretion and its application reduces tone in the injected muscle. The application of Botox is a minimally invasive procedure used to treat muscle-generated dental conditions such as Temporomandibular (TMJ) disorders, pathologic clenching, bruxism, masseter hypertrophy, and esthetic dental conditions like radial lip lines, black triangles between teeth, deep nasolabial folds, and high lip line.
Risk and Possible Complications Associated with Botox Application
The Food and Drug Administration offers a warning for Botox based on the effects it can have if accidentally spread throughout the body. Spreading of the botulinum toxin can cause muscle weakness, urinary incontinence, breathing and swallowing difficulties, and botulism, a serious and life-threatening illness in humans and animals.
Discussing Botox Risks and Benefits to Patients
Before moving forward with the procedure that includes the administration of Botox, it is important to provide patients with information about the product and procedure you are recommending. Dental professionals should discuss potential risks, cost, benefits, necessary number of appointments, and need for maintenance visits associated with Botox. Always be open to discussion as well if patients decide that Botox is not affordable or not right for them so you can recommend any alternative treatment plans.
Want to Learn More About Botox Odessa FL?
Interested in getting rid of that gummy smile? How about relief from TMJ disorders? If you’re interested to learn more about how Botox Odessa can be beneficial to you, schedule an appointment with Spring Haven Dental today.