Botulinum Toxin & Dermal Fillers in Dentistry

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Overview

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Botulinum toxin type A (aka Botox®/Dysport/Xeomin) is a quick, relatively painless, non-invasive treatment, that can help by relaxing the muscle and decreasing pain. There are a number of therapeutic and cosmetic uses of botulinum toxin type A in dentistry. Specifically, it can be used to treat the following oral condition:

  • TMD/TMJ (pain reduction)
  • Uneven lips/smile
  • Gummy smiles (reduction in gingival display)
  • Periodontic (pre-surgical and recession prophylaxis)
  • Endodontic (differential diagnosis of nonspecific pain)
  • Parafunctional habits (reduction in grinding)
  • Implants (pre and post surgical)
  • Orthodontics (post treatment retention)
  • Sleep apnea (appliance compliance)

There are no long-term negative side effects associated with botulinum toxin type A, and typically, therapeutic results last 4-6 months and cosmetic results last 3-4 months. The ability to successfully treat all aspects of a cosmetic case, from start to finish, is key to achieving ideal aesthetic results. Dentists need to look beyond simply treating teeth, and look at creating smiles that are in harmony with the entire face. Start today with the online Level 1 course.

Dentists: an excellent clinician choice for Botulinum Toxin Type A and Dermal Fillers

When choosing a clinician to administer botulinum toxin type A and dermal fillers, dentists make an excellent choice because:

  • they have specialized university education and focus their careers on the anatomy of the head and neck,
  • they understand the importance of reviewing medical history and performing a complete exam,
  • they are highly trained and experienced in providing facial injections,
  • they work in a clinical setting,
  • they don’t delegate the treatment to a staff member or administrator
  • they understand the importance of asepsis and always use sterile instruments or ‘once only’ disposables,
  • they have appropriate liability insurance,
  • they can numb areas of treatment,
  • and can discuss and treat all aesthetic patient concerns regarding their teeth, smile and face.

“I believe that there are procedures being done by our medical colleagues that would be better performed by dentists. No other profession is better trained or better positioned to address the patient’s perioral esthetic concerns than the dentist”.

Dr. Louis Costa, DMD-Oral Surgeon, MD-Plastic Surgeon, (Charleston, SC)