Botox is used in dentistry for a variety of cosmetic and therapeutic uses. Cosmetically, Botox can be used to prevent wrinkles and reduce fine lines on the face at our San Francisco office.
Botox is a neurotoxin that temporarily paralyzes the muscle it is injected into and prevents it from contracting. This prevents you from making facial expressions that cause these facial lines and wrinkles.
It is often used in tandem with dermal fillers, which increase volume in the face for the ultimate youthful look. However, Botox has medical uses as well. It can treat TMJ and Bruxism in patients who suffer from uncontrollable teeth grinding or clenching.
At your consultation, Dr. Joyce Stein will assess your medical history and your cosmetic or therapeutic goals to determine if you’re a good candidate for Botox.
To prepare for Botox injections, you will be given a list of things that you should avoid by your dentist. This will include certain medications, supplements, foods, and products. Make sure you show up to your appointment without any makeup on your face.
We will apply a topical anesthetic to numb the area before inserting a very small needle into the designated areas of the face. The number of injections will vary from person to person. This will not be very painful. At most, it will feel like a slight sting that lasts for a brief second.
Bruxism (teeth grinding) and TMJ are often interlinked. TMJ is a disorder in which the temporomandibular joint that connects the jaw to the skull is dysfunctional due to injury, arthritis, or other sources of damage.
This causes very unpleasant symptoms, such as pain in the jaw, headaches, clicking or popping noises when opening the mouth, lockjaw, other facia pain in the eyes or ears, and a general tenderness or lack of mobility of the jaw.
By injecting Botox into the temples, forehead, and jaw, we can prevent involuntary contractions of the jaw muscles that cause teeth grinding and clenching. This will prevent damage to your teeth and the pain associated with TMJ.
Patients can finally regain mobility and comfort in the absence of constant strain in the jaw. Secondary pain from TMJ such as headaches and pain that radiates through the face will also subside.
Botox can improve the appearance of a patient’s smile and overall facial harmony. This can reduce insecurity about wrinkles, improve confidence, and increase their general sense of well-being. Do you have a gummy smile? Botox from our dental office at 450 Sutter can fix that!
It can also correct puckered chins, upside-down smiles (uncontrollable frowning), reduce pain, and prevent teeth grinding. Because Botox prevents muscles from contracting, you won’t need to wear a mouthguard to sleep every night to prevent damage or breakage to your teeth.
By combining Botox with dermal fillers, you can achieve a rejuvenated smile that looks fresh, and youthful. It is completely temporary so you don’t have to worry about making permanent alterations to your face. Botox typically lasts for 3-6 months and then will require re-administration from Dr. Stein to produce the same results.
For the first 24 hours, abstain from alcohol, and don’t apply makeup or other topical creams aside from a gentle face cleanser. Sunlight should be avoided for the first 48 hours. For the first 3 days, avoid placing pressure or excessively touching the face. Botox lasts on average for 3-6 months before wearing off.