Botox is not only used for cosmetic reasons to erase wrinkles and plump lips, although that is what it is highly advertised for. It is also used for medical treatments. The bacterium Clostridium botulinum produces a toxin that is used to make Botox. It is the same toxin that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning that can be life-threatening. However, in small doses, it is used to treat health problems. Read on to find out what Botox can do for you.
What is Botox?
The botulinum toxin that is used to make Botox is a neurotoxin and protein that has been known for its therapeutic potential since the 1800s. Used in small doses it can be injected into the facial muscles to treat a number of issues. It is a safe and minimally invasive treatment for common dental problems, and more such as:
- TMJ Disorder
- Bruxism (the chronic grinding and clenching of teeth)
- Cerebral Palsy
Botox injection can be used to relieve the tension in facial muscles and jaw joints. By reducing the tension, the myriad of uncomfortable systems that often accompany TMJ disorder and bruxism can be alleviated. The effects of a Botox injection, whether to erase wrinkles or relieve facial and jaw discomfort, last between four and six months.
In addition to Botox, we also offer dermal fillers, which involve the injection of bovine collagen for similar results.