Thursday, September 6, 2012

The Benefits of Using Botox for Dentistry

Recently, I instructed a special session of Botox training as part of my participation in the Dentox teaching institution.  The event was specially targeted on teaching medical and dental professionals the nuances of treating TMJ Dysfunction, Parafunctional Teeth Clenching, Migraine and other disorders with Botulinum Toxins.  The event was a success.  I was delighted to lead the afternoon’s Live Patient Hands-On Training with my longtime associate and Dentox president, Dr. Howard Katz.  I want to thank everyone who participated.  I always appreciate the opportunity to help bruxism and TMD sufferers everywhere by enabling more and more professionals to understand and make use of the Botox for Dentistry treatment.

As I reflect on the event and realize how Botox for Dentistry is growing as a safe, effective and efficient treatment method, I started thinking about the success rate and compliance one can achieve with Botox.  It’s helped patients beyond relieving the pain of TMD and bruxism, which is why I wanted to express the additional advantages of this treatment— and the benefits that aren’t always emphasized, but that still earn significantly positive response from my patients and the patients of my fellow Dentox associates.

Besides relaxing the muscles that are affected by bruxism and TMD, Botox for Dentistry can provide the following benefits:

  • Reduce teeth grinding:  Botox can prolong the longevity of teeth whitening, veneers, crowns, implants and other smile improvements by allowing these dental procedures to last longer and retain their integrity.  Teeth grinding is an example that compromises the integrity of these procedures and prosthetics.  If a patient grinds their teeth, they run numerous risks that can compromise dental work, from making it easier for enamel to stain, to wearing down porcelain and other prosthetic dental materials.

  • Control excessive and uncontrolled salivary flow: Botox is beneficial for patients who feel self-conscious or uncomfortable as a result of excessive and uncontrolled salivary flow.

  • Gummy Smile Reduction: Reduce the appearance of a gummy smile.  Even if your teeth are beautiful, you may be insecure about your smile if your lips expose too much of your gums.  Botox can remedy this by relaxing the muscles around your lips.

  • Smooth the stress and age lines of the face in certain areas.  This is typically the most favorable side effect of treating TMJ Disorder and bruxism with Botox.  It’s a primary example of how cosmetic and neuro-muscular dentistry converge to help patients in multiple ways.  It literally reduces the appearance of stress in addition to relieving the effects of stress and tension on your facial muscles    

Hopefully for you readers, whether you’re a professional interested in providing this valuable dental service, or a patient who’s on the fence about trying Botox for Dentistry, the decision to utilize and experience the benefits of this treatment are a little clearer.  For complete information, visit the Elite Dental Arts’ website.  Professionals can also find an abundance of course and resource information on the official Dentox website.   


Fig. 1: Patient with Migraine Headache                
Fig. 2: Dr Nick Mobilia and Dr Howard Katz at the Dentox Event in NYC

Nick M. Mobilia, DDS

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New York, NY 10017

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