Botox has been primarily used as a cosmetic treatment for wrinkles and lines on the face. However, Botox has a long history of medically therapeutic uses.

Largely due to its minimally invasive nature, the use of Botox in dentistry is expanding to treat dental conditions like high lip lines, Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, Bruxism and more.

Uses of Botox in Dental Treatments

Our providers are certified and have years of training in Botox to help patients achieve better esthetic outcomes as well as help treat muscle spasms that cause grinding and clenching.

Patients with a high lip line can use Botox to help relax lip muscles and achieve a lower, more esthetically pleasing smile line. This is a popular option because the entire process isn’t very invasive and can provide a more immediate form of treatment.

Patients dealing with Temporomandibular Joint Disorder can benefit from Botox injections, as well. TMJ disorders can cause severe pain from hyperactivity of the muscles and treatment options have been limited in the past. Now, Botox can simply relax these muscles and dental professionals can offer quick and efficient pain relief.

Bruxism (grinding and clenching) can also be minimized with Botox treatments by reducing the force of the muscular contractions involved. These injections can make a useful adjunct therapy to night guard appliances.

Common Myths About Botox

Despite Botox’s prevalence over the last few years, there are still plenty of misconceptions surrounding this popular treatment. Here are some common myths about Botox: