Learn more about Botox and how it could treat your dental issues.
A dentist that offers Botox? It might sound surprising to hear, but our Prior Lake, MN, dentists Dr. Chad Olson and Dr. Neda Falak are experts in maxillofacial issues and have been using Botox for several reasons (and they aren’t just for purely cosmetic reasons). Botox has several dental applications.
What is Botox, exactly?
Botox is an injectable that uses a medical-grade, purified neurotoxin that when injected into the muscles of the face can help to relax the muscles temporarily by stopping the signals from the nerves to the brain that tell the muscles to contract. Botox is typically touted as a cosmetic treatment but it offers an even wide range of benefits to our patients here in Prior Lake, MN.
How does a dentist use Botox?
While Botox can be used to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles of the face, there are other applications for Botox. Our Prior Lake, MN, dentists utilize Botox for,
- Treating TMJ disorder-related jaw pain by relaxing hyperactive jaw muscles to provide faster pain relief
- Treating pain and discomfort caused by bruxism, or teeth grinding (can be used in conjunction with a nightguard to help protect teeth and ease symptoms)
- To treat drooping lip muscles to improve the fit of dentures
- To improve the overall shape and symmetry of a high lip line (aka: “gummy smile”)
What are the benefits of Botox?
Botox is a great, minimally invasive option to treat a variety of cosmetic and functional dental issues that can lead to pain and discomfort. If other treatment options haven’t worked, you may want to talk with our dental team about the benefits of Botox. After all, treatment is fast and only takes a few minutes to administer. The injection process is surprisingly painless and there is absolutely no downtime after treatment.
If you are interested in what Botox offers, whether esthetic benefits or for treating TMJ disorder, our Prior Lake, MN, dentists Dr. Olson and Dr. Falak would be happy to sit down and discuss this treatment with you. To schedule an appointment, call Olson Dental at (952) 447-4463.