For years Botox has been used as a fast and effective tool to make skin look tighter and more youthful. In addition to the cosmetic benefits however, botox has been effective in helping to treat many dental issues, including TMD, migraines and high lip line. Ultima Dental Wellness is pleased to offer Cosmetic AND Therapeutic Botox to our patients.
Your Dental BOTOX Choice for SW Calgary!
What is Dental BOTOX?
Botox can also be used for therapeutic reasons, in conjunction with other dental treatments besides being used to improve the look of your smile by improving uneven lips and a gummy smile. Therapeutically, Botox can be used to relax facial muscles and give relief to patients who suffer from chronic migraines and headaches, as well as jaw pain relating to TMJ (issues surrounding the jaw and jaw muscles) or Bruxism (teeth grinding).
BOTOX treatment for TMD and Migraines
Botox is an effective treatment for relieving pain as a result of TMD or migraines. When your jaw muscles are strained, they contract, which can lead to muscle spasm, pain, and soreness. Botox injections can help prevent the muscles from tensing around your jawline.
What is TMD?
Botox injections work by blocking the nerve signals to certain muscles, thereby relaxing or temporarily paralyzing the muscles. This, in turn, limits movement and reduces the appearance of lines and wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyes, around the eyes (crow’s feet) and around the mouth (frown lines), creating an overall smoother appearance. Who better than a dentist to know what makes a great smile and perform cosmetic treatments, as dentists are highly trained in facial structures and facial anatomy.
More and more, patients consider Botox to be the final step in completing their smile makeovers. There is evidence that patients who experience improved facial aesthetics are simply happier! Botox seems to have a positive effect on one’s emotional outlook on life. Recent studies indicate that there is a strong relationship between stress, depression and periodontal disease. Rather than being mutually exclusive, function and aesthetics are partners in achieving optimal health.
Cosmetic BOTOX for Facial Esthetics
If you often have a clicking or popping sound when opening and closing your mouth, you might have TMD. TMD is the name given to several problems with jaw movement and pain in and around the jaw. When jaw muscles are strained, they contract, which leads to muscle spasm, neck pain, frequent headaches, migraines, and in some cases, tooth sensitivity. While some treatments include aspirin or wearing a small plastic guard while sleeping, Botox is gaining popularity as a treatment. A few botox injections can relax the muscles, thus helping to prevent the muscles from tensing around your jawline, thereby reducing the intensity of the muscle contractions that contribute to TMD and facial pain.
High Lip Line
Traditionally, the treatment for a high lip line would most likely be surgery. Botox can offer a much less invasive option for patients and can help raise your gingival height to meet the lip line. With botox and potentially a crown or bridge, we are able to establish a more symmetrical dental aesthetic for your smile. With some Botox Therapy and lip augmentation with dermal fillers, the muscles surrounding the lip are weakened so they cannot raise the lip as high as before.
Whether it’s receiving Botox to reduce visible lines, help improve a high lip line, or to alleviate jaw pain, we believe function and aesthetics are partners in achieving optimal health.