According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, there is no procedure more popular than Botox. Roughly 7.23 million Botox injections were performed in 2017 alone.
Most people assume they need to make an appointment with a cosmetic surgeon or an expensive med spa to receive the many benefits Botox offers.
But that’s not true!
Botox is now as close as your family dental clinic, and can be used not only to give you a more youthful appearance, but also to solve many painful problems.
Read on for some more truths about Botox:
Myth: Botox is only a wrinkle treatment.
Truth: Botox also treats many painful medical and dental conditions.Botox isn’t just for removing fine lines and wrinkles (though it works very well at that!). It also has many medically therapeutic uses.
Dr. Elrod can use Botox to treat common conditions like migraines, TMJ, bruxism, painful dental fit, and orthodontic relapse.
Botox has also shown to be a safe and effective way to manage pain. It does this by relaxing the muscles around a procedure site, allowing for easier and more comfortable recovery, especially after dental surgery.
Myth: Botox is painful.
Truth: Botox is well-tolerated.
Actually, the opposite is true: Botox can often be an effective tool for pain management. Patients often experience relief after just one small injection by a trained and certified dentist.
Botox procedures are also minimally invasive. For instance, a gummy smile usually requires gingival lengthening and crown surgery. Botox offers a far less invasive and more comfortable alternative.
Myth: Botox treatments are toxic.
Truth: Botox has proven to be safe and effective.
This is an easy mistake to make–after all, we talk about the botulinum toxin. Although the botulinum toxin is life-threatening, small doses — like those used in the application of Botox — are considered safe.
Botox has a long and well-established history of safety. After 20 years of use in a multitude of conditions, only 36 cases of adverse effects associated with cosmetic use were reported to the U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) between 1989 and 2003. The FDA would not approve something known to be dangerous.Still worried? The average cosmetic dosage of Botox would have to be injected 100 times for Botox to be toxic.
Myth: Only cosmetic surgeons can give Botox.
Truth: Dentists are medically trained smile specialists.
As a dental professional, Dr. Elrod’s work focuses on understanding facial design. Dental training includes in-depth study of facial and cranial anatomy and physiology and how to preserve and restore facial appearance, comfort, and function.
This makes dentists the natural choice for Botox, especially when used to prevent and treat common dental problems.
You trust your dentist to take care of your teeth, look after your gums, and make sure you have a beautiful, healthy smile. Now you can trust them with Botox-given pain management and neuromuscular relief too. Call now!