Dentistry deals with treating a wide array of facial and oral tissues. Most of us would only consider it to get our oral issues treated or enhance the appearance of our smile. However, dentistry goes one step ahead and helps patients get better facial aesthetics using special substances such as Botox.
What is Botox?
Botox is often used in medical procedures as a muscle relaxant. It is a chemical that is compatible with the human body and is widely used in the treatment of chronic headaches, temporomandibular joint disorder, muscle stiffness, malocclusion, muscle pain, etc. When Botox is injected into the skin, the molecules attach themselves to the nerve endings that are connected to the muscles. This blocks the transmission of signals to the muscles over the next few days, thereby preventing muscle contractions. However, sensations such as pain, touch, etc. will not be affected due to the injection.
Botox for a cosmetic uplift
Did you know that nearly 6 million Botox treatments are carried out every year around the world? Such is the amazing cosmetic effect Botox can have on your facial appearance. When Botox is administered to the muscles of the face, the stress and tension in the muscle fibers will gradually subside. The botulinum toxin decreases muscle stiffness and reduces the release of a hormone that causes muscle contractions. In this way, Botox is used to reduce fine lines, forehead lines, sun damage, wrinkles, eye squints, etc. thereby making the skin moist and youthful.
Botox to treat TMJ disorder
TMJ disorder (TDM) is caused due to the excessive pressure applied to the Temporomandibular Joints. The muscles of the joints would be under such stress that it becomes difficult to even yawn without feeling severe pain in the jaws. Regular oral actions such as biting and chewing food, talking, brushing the teeth, etc. become increasingly difficult if the condition is left untreated.
Injecting Botox near the affected region, i.e. near the TMJ, helps to relax the muscles. Over a certain period of time, patients can feel the muscles easing up, thereby allowing easy movement of the lower jaw. Many patients suffering from TMD who do not respond to other treatment methods show a positive response towards Botox.
Relief from bruxism
Bruxism is quite an invasive oral condition that can result in the teeth being worn down to their stumps. It is caused due to night-time teeth grinding when a person is asleep. It is known to be a negative effect of sleep apnea, a common sleep disorder. Injecting Botox to the facial tissues helps to relax the muscles of the face and jaws. This gradually reduces the tendency of the subconscious clenching of jaws.
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