“What in the world does Botox have to do with dentistry?” you may ask. The answer is, “much more than you probably realize!” Dismissed by many people as “only for the vain,” Botox is actually so much more, and has real medical benefits.
When most people think of a dentist, they think of someone who prevents and repairs cavities, extracts teeth and replaces them with dental implants, provides prosthetics such as dentures and bridges, and whitens teeth. Certainly, most dentists perform these services and many more. But some cutting-edge, progressive dentists — including Dr. Lathrop — are taking dentistry to the next level. They are true dental pioneers, concerned not just with the health of teeth and gums, but also committed to using advanced technology and Botox to treat painful problems such as bruxism and TMJ disorder.
Botox offers numerous medical uses. Doctors use Botox to relieve symptoms such as migraine headaches, spasms caused by neurological diseases like Parkinson’s Disease, and even excessive sweating. Now, forward-thinking dentists including Dr. Lathrop are using it too — to relieve temporomandibular joint (TMJ) pain, for example.
When injected into the muscles responsible for TMJ pain, botox stops the cause of the pain and provides quick relief from the painful symptoms.
Bruxism (grinding the teeth at night) often goes hand-in-hand with TMJ disorder. Just as Dr. Lathrop uses Botox to stop the source of TMJ pain, he uses Botox to temporarily paralyze the muscles that lead to teeth grinding. The results are very quick, and long-lasting (usually about 6 months). Fortunately, by the time the Botox wears off, most patients have been retrained and do not revert to grinding their teeth.
If you want to put your best face forward to the world, a healthy smile is a big part of achieving that. To truly look your best, your teeth and your smile should harmonize and balance well with all of your facial features. Unfortunately, common issues such as bruxism or TMJ disorder can affect the health and appearance of your smile. With Botox, the Lathrop Dental Center offers a unique treatment for both of these common dental disorders. Whether you need preventive dental care, extensive dental work, or something in between, Lathrop Dental Center creates beautiful smiles by improving your teeth and overall smile health. Schedule an appointment at our Katy office today at 832-914-7663 or visit info@LathropDentalCenter.com.