Common Questions about Botox in Dentistry

common questions about botox in dentistryThough dental treatment is more popular for your teeth and gums, the truth is that complete dental care entails your entire smile, including the facial structures that surround it. As an increasingly more popular treatment for a number of dental concerns, Botox is becoming a widely-used tool in cosmetic and general dentistry treatments. To help you better understand its benefits to your dental health care, we answer a few common questions about how Botox is used in dentistry.

What is Botox?

Botox, which is derived from Botulinum toxin, works as a muscle paralyzer, and has long been used to medically treat spasms and other problems with eye and facial muscles. It is also beneficial in treating migraines and excessive sweating, and its cosmetic benefits are well-known for erasing wrinkles and tightening sagging skin.

How is Botox used in cosmetic dentistry?

As part of cosmetic dental treatment, Botox is often incorporated into full smile makeovers to tighten the skin around the mouth for a smoother, more youthful look. Particularly, patients who have lost teeth and need to replace them may benefit from Botox to boost the vitality of the skin around their smiles for optimal esthetic results.

How can Botox help relieve bruxism and TMJ pain?

Aside from cosmetics, Botox can be extremely useful in treating bruxism and TMJ disorder – two conditions that often stem from issues with the jaw’s joints and muscles. Bruxism is the uncontrolled grinding of your teeth, and TMJ disorder describes pain and dysfunction in your jaw joints. Botox may be able to relieve the muscle tension that causes and exacerbates bruxism and TMJ disorder, alleviating the discomfort commonly associated with the conditions.


Dr. Colin Lathrop and the Lathrop Dental Center proudly welcome patients and families from in and around Katy, TX, including Fulshear, Weston Lakes, Simonton, Richmond, Rosenberg, Brookshire, Wallis, Orchard, and all surrounding communities. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can reach our cosmetic dental office in Katy, TX, by calling 832-437-3849.

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