Crow’s feet, brow furrows, fine lines, sagging eyelids, and wrinkles. These are probably the things you think of when you think of Botox, right?
More than seven million Americans got Botox fillers in 2017. But, not all seven million of those people received Botox for cosmetic reasons. Many of those seven million people visit dentists like Dr. Batra at Troy Dental Studio, who specialize in combatting some major dental problems with the use of Botox.
Dr. Batra is uniquely qualified to administer Botox because she has expert knowledge of the muscle and bone structures of the face, particularly those in the maxillofacial and oral areas (between the chin and forehead.) She has advanced training and experience in this area and can deliver precise Botox treatments to eliminate pain in the mouth and jaw from dental problems.
Botox, or botulinum toxin, is a muscle relaxant that may be known primarily for fighting the signs of aging by eliminating frown lines and wrinkles in the face. However, Botox is multi-faceted, and it has proven to be an effective alternative therapy to alleviate pain and symptoms associated with:
- Temporomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ)
- Bruxism (teeth clenching and grinding)
- Dental implants and surgery
- Jaw spasms
Many of these dental problems leave patients in extreme discomfort and pain, especially when it comes to jaw tension and teeth grinding. Botox injections often relieve jaw tension for many patients, helping to eliminate migraines, earaches, facial pain and jaw pain associated with bruxism and TMJ.
By using Botox to combat grinding and clenching, Dr. Batra is slowing down or preventing jaw damage, the loss of tooth enamel, increased tooth sensitivity, and flattening/chipping of teeth. Botox can even be used to help relax and alleviate someone suffering from an extreme case of lockjaw.
Dr. Batra also administers Botox for simple cosmetic improvements of the smile. She can use it to correct “gummy” smiles by reshaping the gum, and can restore youth in a smile by smoothing and filling fine lines around the mouth.
There are a variety of reasons Botox is the go-to treatment for some dental issues, but here are some of the most common ones that Dr. Batra likes to highlight for her patients:
- Botox is extremely common, safe, and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
- The injections are minimally invasive and patients experience little to no pain or discomfort.
- It typically costs less than surgical procedures.
- Botox has a shorter recovery time than dental surgeries.
- It is temporary and completely reversible, which means there are no negative side effects if treatment is unsuccessful.
Dr. Batra is always dedicated to resolving your general and cosmetic dental issues the best way possible, and sometimes the best way is through Botox injections. She specializes in using Botox injections in dentistry, and she can strategically build it into you comprehensive dental plan if you suffer from some of these common dental problems. For more information on Botox and other services Dr. Batra offers at Troy Dental Studio, contact her office today!