Botox® is the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic treatment in the United States. But this innovative injection does more than erase lines and wrinkles. At her practice, WestBay Dental in Tampa, Florida, Alka Tiwary, DDS, uses Botox injections for both cosmetic and dental purposes. To learn more about the many uses of Botox, contact the office by phone or online today.
Botox is a prescription injection that contains a substance known as onabotulinumtoxinA, a neurotoxin produced by the bacteria Clostridium botulinum. When injected in small doses by trained doctors, the neurotoxin temporarily halts muscle activity or blocks nerve transmissions to get the desired effect. Depending on the reason for the injection, the effects may last anywhere from three to 12 months.
Because of its popularity as a cosmetic treatment, you may not be aware that Botox injections benefit many conditions, including dental issues. Dr. Tiwary received specialized training and holds a certificate for Botox in Dentistry. She may recommend the injection as a treatment option to help manage facial or dental pain.
Some of the dental conditions that may benefit from Botox injections include:
TMD is a chronic pain condition that develops when the bones, muscles, and joints of your jaw aren’t functioning as they should. TMD can lead to chronic headaches, ear pain, or lockjaw. Dr. Tiwary may suggest Botox injections as a treatment to help alleviate your TMD symptoms.
Bruxism refers to the unconscious clenching and grinding of your teeth. Over time, the constant stress on your teeth from clenching and grinding can lead to dental damage that may cause your teeth to flatten, fracture, or chip and make you more vulnerable to dental problems.
Though dental appliances work well for those suffering from bruxism, they don’t stop the muscle contractions that cause clenching and grinding. Botox injections may help reduce these unconscious muscle movements to further protect your teeth and alleviate other symptoms, such as head or facial pain.
Dr. Tiwary is also trained to use Botox as a cosmetic treatment to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. She uses the injection to specifically treat forehead lines, frown lines, and crow’s feet.
In addition to Botox, Dr. Tiwary also offers Juvéderm®, a cosmetic injection that adds volume under your skin to smooth out lines and wrinkles and enhance your facial features.
Whether for dental or cosmetic purposes, it’s essential that your Botox injections be given by a trained professional like Dr. Tiwary so you get the best results. To schedule an appointment to learn more about the many uses of Botox, call WestBay Dental or select the online booking button today.