Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Dentistry and Botox: We Answer your Most Asked Questions

Botox® at dental offices is a relatively new service inclusion that helps professionals like Dr. Wright more effectively treat a variety of patient concerns. Many of our patients ask about this popular service and what it can do to benefit their health and wellness. We provide answers to some of our most frequently asked questions below:

Can a Dentist Offer Botox?

A trained health professional with the right experience can effectively administer Botox®. While it may seem unusual that a dentist offers Botox® -- most patients are accustomed to seeing this service at medical spas or cosmetic surgery offices -- Dr. Wright has the experience and training to offer Botox® treatment to his dental patients. Dr. Wright’s understanding of facial muscle structure, and particularly in how jaw joint health and function impact facial pain and dental health, allow him to effectively offer this treatment. By applying Botox®, Dr. Wright can help alleviate jaw and facial discomfort and provide a cosmetic boost to the area around your smile. 

Why Should I Get Botox from a Dentist?

Most patients seek Botox® in a dental office for the purpose of relieving facial pain associated with teeth grinding and temporomandibular joint disorder. However the advantages of receiving Botox® for cosmetic reasons from a dentist include familiarity of your care provider and setting, and being able to receive more treatments in one location. Patients seeking Botox® for aesthetics do not have to visit an outside office or familiarize themselves with a new health professional. Dr. Wright is able to provide dental care and Botox® in one office.

How Does Dental Botox Help with Teeth Grinding and Bruxism?

While there are many treatments available for patients who grind their teeth and experience dental pain because of it, Botox® offers a solution that does not require bulky oral trays. Patients with sensitive gag reflexes, who find it difficult to wear mouth guards, may want to consider Botox® to minimize the persistent muscle clenching that leads to teeth grinding.

Should I Get Botox before My Dental Restorations?

If you grind your teeth persistently, it’s a good idea to get this condition under control before any restorations are applied to help create the smile you want. Frequent grinding can wear down and damage many varieties of dental restoration, or shorten the life of even the most resilient dental prosthetic.  See Dr. Wright for Botox® injections to alleviate TMJ problems before cosmetic or restorative dental work to help prolong results.

Ask us Your Dental Botox Questions – Contact Dr. Wright

For more information on Botox® for TMJ and smile aesthetics in Colorado Springs, contact our office for your consultation.

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