What is Botox®?

Although Botox® historically has had a largely cosmetic reputation, therapeutic Botox® can also be administered to treat and relieve migraine and tension headaches. Botox® treatments can relieve painful conditions triggered by muscles of the jaw, aid in therapy of TMJ due to grinding or clenching, and ensure the success of various dental services currently offered. Receiving such therapy can help reduce the number of clenching events and their intensity, also reducing damage and discomfort to natural teeth and/or dental restorations, jaw joint, gums, and chewing muscles. Positive side effects of Botox® treatments can include a slimmer face or jawline. Botox® can be used to create a more attractive smile. To minimize showing ‘too much’ gum when smiling, the upper lip can be treated to enhance your smile.

How does it work?

Botox® is an abbreviation for the protein that makes Botox®, called botulinum toxin. Botulinum toxin works by blocking the release of acetylcholine, a chemical that causes muscle contractions and, consequently, pain. The administration of Botox® minimizes or completely eliminates the muscle contraction altogether. Botox® treatments are given by injection. It’s still less invasive and more cost effective than surgery, and should be administered every three to four months for long-lasting effects.

For more information on therapeutic Botox®, contact us at Provo Family Dentistry.