Discover the Therapeutic Benefits of Botox
Botox is a common household name at this point due to its popularity as a wrinkle treatment. But did you know that it can also be used in a variety of dental and medical applications? In fact, Botox was first approved in the late 1980s for two eye muscle disorders, and the list of uses for Botox continues to expand. At Volterra Dental in Los Alamitos, California, Dr. Richard Blackburn is skilled at treating various oral health conditions with Botox, as well as cosmetic issues such as wrinkles around the mouth and a “gummy” smile.
How Botox works
Botox is an injectable neuromodulator composed of botulinum toxin A. It works by preventing the nerve impulses that signal your muscles to contract in the treatment area and can be injected in many different locations throughout the mouth, face, and body. In fact, Botox is one of the most versatile treatment options available today, with many different uses in dental, medical, and cosmetic settings. Some common orofacial issues that Botox can treat include:
- Bruxism (clenching and grinding)
- Temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder
- Chronic migraines and headaches
- Other types of pain in the head and neck
- A gummy smile
- Wrinkles around the mouth
- Wrinkles in the forehead and around the eyes (i.e. crows feet, frowning lines)
- Creases in the upper and lower lip area, helping to elevate the corners of the mouth
We can administer a local anesthetic prior to the treatment for patients with pain sensitivity to ensure you are comfortable throughout the injection process. Treatment with Botox is quick and effective, with minimal downtime after the procedure. Therapeutic doses of Botox typically last three to four months, but some patients may continue to notice the positive effects of treatment for longer than that.
Learn more in a consultation
If you have been searching for a “dentist near me” that performs Botox injections with skill and precision, the team at Volterra Dental is here to help. Dr. Richard Blackburn will talk with you about your symptoms and perform a thorough evaluation to determine whether Botox or another type of therapy is best for your specific needs. To schedule your consultation, call our Los Alamitos, CA office today at (562) 501-3188!