Botox and Dentistry

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So how is there a connection between Botox and Dentistry?  Actually a very natural relationship exists between the two.  Dentistry is focused on facial esthetics and Botox and dermal fillers are used to enhance facial esthetics.

Botox is the brand name of Allergan’s purified protein-botulinum toxin type A, derived from anaerobic bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Type A is one of seven distinct botulinum toxins (identified as types A-G) produced by different strains of the Clostridia bacterium.

Although botulinum toxin has been assessed as being the most poisonous substance known to man,  Botox has been approved in more than 75 countries to treat 20 different neurological disorders.  In 2002, Botox gained FDA approval for cosmetic use and in 2005, Botox ranked as the number one minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in the U.S.

Botox is injected into muscles and used to improve the look of moderate-to-severe lines and wrinkles of the face in people 18 to 65 years of age for a short period of time (temporary).   It is administered by a healthcare professional as a simple, nonsurgical treatment that is injected directly into the muscles.  It works by blocking nerve impulses to the injected muscles.  This reduces muscle activity that causes moderate to severe lines or wrinkles to form.  Botox is also used to treat TMJ related pain.

Dermal fillers are used to smooth facial wrinkles, volumize nasolabial folds and fill in areas caused by collagen loss.  Restylane and Juvederm are excellent examples of dermal fillers.

Until today, November 15, 2011, the State of California restricted highly trained dentists from performing these same procedures while allowing untrained personnel including certain RN’s, PA’s and MD’s to perform these procedures in and around the mouth.  California dentists can now perform Botox and dermal filler procedures.  Across the country, dentists are finally being trained in Botox and dermal fillers to be able to provide total facial esthetics for their patients.

Pope Dental has already gone through the training for Botox and has it available to reduce wrinkles  and treat TMJ pain and tension headaches.