Botox is a biocompatible chemical agent widely used for cosmetic procedures. It is a muscle relaxant that is introduced into the skin through an injection. While botox is used in medicine to get rid of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin, dentists use botox to treat oral conditions such as TMJ disorder, headaches, malocclusion, Bruxism, muscle stiffness, etc.
Is Botox safe?
Botox treatment requires highly trained hands. At Brightworks, we make sure our patients get the best quality treatment, thanks to our highly-experienced dentists and state-of-the-art technology. When botox is injected in the right quantity, it is absolutely safe and wouldn’t result in any adverse reactions.
How does Botox work?
Botox is primarily a muscle relaxant. When injected into the skin, the molecules of the chemical attach themselves to the nerve endings and prevent the sensory signals from being transmitted. This reduces muscle contractions, and their stiffness will be reduced. However, the effect of the drug will wear off gradually, and the muscle stiffness will resume after a few months. Patients will require another injection when the symptoms come back.
What oral conditions does Botox treat?
Botox is widely used in the treatment of Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD). It is an oral condition caused due to the stiffness of the muscles around the TMJ, due to which the patient experiences limited jaw movement and pain while moving the jaws. Injecting Botox near the TMJ provides significant relief from the condition and allows the patient to bite and chew food, talk, laugh, etc. without any discomfort. In addition, Botox is also used to treat Bruxism, which is night-time teeth grinding, malocclusion, jaw misalignment, migraine, etc.
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