Botox® is traditionally associated with reducing the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. However, there are also dental uses for this popular cosmetic injectable. An experienced dentist can solve many oral health issues with injectables in Mount Pleasant, SC.
When loss of vertical dimension occurs, it can result in the repositioning of the lips. Botox is used to correct issues with the lip muscles, allowing your dentist to fit new dentures. If you have a high lip line, relaxing the muscles can also create a more appealing smile.
TMJ disorders affect the jaw and can cause pain and discomfort. It is thought that many of these disorders result from hyperactive muscles around the mouth and jaw. Pain relief is achieved by using Botox to relax these muscles.
Teeth grinders may also get relief with Botox treatments at Rivers + West Family Dentistry. In combination with a nightguard, injections in the muscles reduce the force applied when grinding teeth.
What Is Botox?
Botox is derived from a neurotoxin known as Botulinum. It works by blocking neurotransmitters in the muscles. As a medical treatment, Botox is used to relax muscles in the face and other areas of the body. When contractions or rapid muscular activity results in painful health conditions, your dentist may recommend Botox as a way to decrease or eliminate symptoms.
Aesthetically, Botox is used to improve several facial features. You can improve your smile, reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and transform facial expressions. The results from each treatment can last for as long as three to four months.
Injections of Botox are considered relatively safe when performed by an experienced doctor or dentist. Typical side effects may include swelling or bruising, headache, pain and flu-like symptoms. There is virtually no downtime associated with Botox unless you suffer from associated complications.
Dental Botox Consultation
You may benefit from Botox injections at our offices in South Carolina. If you are unsure about whether this treatment is right for you, we invite you to schedule a consultation. Rivers + West Family Dentistry is proud to serve the residents of Mount Pleasant with a full range of dentistry options.
Contact us today if you would like to know more about our Botox treatments.