As you know, doctors use Botox in cosmetic treatment. They use it to get rid of wrinkles and lines. Did you know this substance’s uses go beyond that? We derive Botox from botulinum. This is a strain of bacteria. One toxin in it impedes the release of ACH. This substance helps the activation of gland secretion and muscle contraction. When you inject it, the tone of the injected muscle becomes less. This article will tell you about the great promise of Botox in dentistry.
Botox use is non-invasive. It has excellent prospects to manage dental diseases. Dentists use Botox to treat high lip lines and radial lip lines. They use it to fix other aesthetic or functional dental problems.
When is Botox a Good Idea?
Recently, the DQAC confirmed that general dentists may use Botox. The treating dentist must have suitable and provable training and experience.
Dentists can use Botox to treat joint disorders and unusual clenching. Some use it to treat post-surgical problems and “gummy smile”.
Mechanism of Action
What happens when a doctor or dentist injects Botox into a muscle? It binds to the nerve endings that control it. This doesn’t happen at once; it takes several hours. Then, the toxin in Botox works to stop nerve signal transmission. This is causing contractions of the muscle. Botox does not affect the sensory neurons. These let us feel heat, cold, touch, and pain. It only affects motor neurons, which we need to move.
Dentists apply Botox as part of a bigger plan for treatment. It is not an independent procedure. Regulations for use of the drug for dentists vary from state to state.
Are There any Side Effects?
According to the FDA, the drug can be dangerous. This may be if it spreads through the bloodstream. Systematic spreading of the toxin causes chronic muscle weakness. Other potential issues are breathing problems. There may be urinary incontinence. Some people have complained of swallowing difficulties. Go only to a qualified dentist with a legitimate practice.
Is it possible to develop resistance to Botox over time? Yes, if you get multiple high doses. The dentist or doctor might need a different form of the toxin. Then, you will get the desired outcome. Good dentists will explain the benefits and risks in advance. The patient must sign a consent form and a treatment plan before starting.
Talking to Patients about Botox
Dentists must tell patients about the risks and cost of Botox. They must explain the benefits and how many appointments the patient will need. The dentist and the patient discuss follow-up exams involving Botox. It has the following advantages:
- Minimal risk
- Instant results
- No recovery period
It has the following cons:
- Need for repeat injections
Botox stops working after three to four months. This is why you’ll need another injection. You may decide you can’t afford Botox. Some people don’t want this treatment at any time. Remain open to discussion whatever the case may be.
How Safe is Botox in Dentistry?
A lot of health care professionals offer Botox. Some providers are far less trained than dentists, who can handle much riskier procedures. Proper education and training are a must. Without that, you can’t provide this treatment to patients safely. It won’t be effective either. All in all, Botox can be a great asset in dentistry.
Let Us Make Your Smile Shine
Fairview Dental Group goes above and beyond making smiles beautiful. We want your skin to look just as great. We offer not only Botox, but also Juvederm treatment. Now that you know all about Botox in dentistry, what is Juvederm? It involves injections too. Instead of the bacterium, we use a natural substance. Doctors apply this acid to stimulate collagen growth. This is what makes joints strong.