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What Is Botox Used for in Dentistry?

Pretty woman smiling after her Botox treatment.

These days, you may have noticed that more and more dental practices are offering a wider assortment of treatments than just standard dental care. From dental surgery to cosmetic procedures, you might be surprised at all the different offerings available to you. One treatment that we provide at Southbridge Dental Care that really grabs people’s attention, is Botox®. Here’s why Botox and dentistry can go hand in hand.

Cosmetic Uses

First, let’s start with what might be the most obvious purpose: cosmetic. Many people turn to Botox to improve the aesthetics of their face. As dentists, we are concerned with the aesthetics of your smile, and facial shape and appearance, such as the size and shape of your lips and the lines around your mouth, can play a big role in that. Because we’re experienced in working with the facial area, we can also be well-suited to administer Botox.

Restorative Uses

What you might not realize is that Botox isn’t all about appearances. Botox treatments can also be used to treat certain dental conditions. For instance, you may know that mouthguards can treat teeth grinding and temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ/TMD), but did you know that it’s also possible to relieve some of the discomfort with Botox? General face pain and migraine headaches can also be treated with Botox. This is because the Botox can relax the muscles in that area so that they don’t cause clenching or pain.

Botox can also be used to help patients adjust to their new dentures. With enough time, anyone can get used to wearing dentures, but with Botox, the initial transition can be made easier since the Botox relaxes your muscles as you adjust.

Botox at Southbridge Dental Care

Are you interested in seeing whether Botox can help improve the beauty of your smile or address your dental concerns? Schedule a consultation with us today at our Southbridge dental office! We’d be happy to tell you more about the possibilities and benefits for your smile with Botox treatments.

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