When we have problems with our teeth and gums, we know exactly who to turn to – dentists, of course! But did you know that when cosmetic surgery like face rejuvenation is the topic, even dentists can be Botox doctors? Yes! Read this article to know how dentists use Botox in their practice.
Dentists’ use of Botox
For many years, Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is used for cosmetic purposes. But did you know that the first type of Botox that the FDA approved for human use is for treatment of eye problems like strabismus (cross eyes) and eye spasms? Now, Botox is known to aid in the treatment of conditions like dystonia, excessive, sweating, and many more. Because of its effect on muscle relaxation, doctors developed the practice of using this toxin to battle aging signs like wrinkles and saggy skin. And with its further development, dentists and doctors team-up in discovering that it also shows potential results in management of muscle-generated dental diseases like Temporomandibular disorders (TMJ Pain or TMD), bruxism (teeth grinding), clenching, masseter hypertrophy, as well as treat functional or cosmetic dental conditions like deep nasolabial folds, radial or high lip lines, and black triangles between teeth.
Things to remember when getting Botox from dentists
Its use is connected to a dental condition. Dentists are not your go-to professional if you want to remove the wrinkles near your eyes. Their use of Botox is strictly within the range of their dental expertise.
Not all dentists are trained to use Botox. Dentists as Botox doctors need special training and certification to safely use this chemical. Note that though Botox is safe, it is still derived from a neurotoxin called bacterium clostridium Botulinum, so its use should be strictly controlled and managed.
There are side effects. Of course, no one is exempted from an accident or a side effect, so you must be well aware that there may be chances that the chemical may spread to your body and may cause side effects like urinary incontinence, muscle weakness, and difficulty in breathing.
With the continuous innovation and technology science is giving us today, it is opening doors of unknown possibilities. However, our safety and comfort should always be our top priorities.