Botulinum Toxin has always had a love-hate relationship with public reception. Shifting attitudes towards this controversial treatment, however, have indicated an increase in usage over the last few years.
In the UK, over 2 million procedures are carried about each year. According to studies, the average age of a Botulinum Toxin customer in the country is 35-44 years old. About 70% of patients report to choosing the non-surgical treatment to look more youthful.
The anti-ageing industry has undeniably grown and will only continue to flourish in the coming years, especially with the emergence of modern treatments. But Botulinum Toxin is more than that.
Role in Dentistry
Other than the cosmetic industry, Botulinum Toxin proves to serve a purpose in dentistry. It is used as an alternative treatment to TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorder, and associated discomfort, soreness and tension in the jaw.
When injected into the affected muscles, Botulinum Toxin relieves TMJ and eliminates headaches linked to Bruxism and severe stress. Moreover, injections may also minimise lock jaw.
Botulinum Toxin achieves this by reducing the ability of the facial muscles to engage in the intense and often unconscious movement that can produce a headache. TMD-associated problems are significantly relieved, enabling your patients to carry out daily activities, such as speaking, chewing and swallowing.
Furthermore, Botulinum Toxin can contribute to the protection of the dental health. In extreme cases where teeth grinding results in worn teeth and damaged gums, Botulinum Toxin can be a convenient, cost-effective treatment.
Risks of Botulinum Toxin Treatments for TMD
Botulinum Toxin treatments have proven to be safe for TMD. Although complications are rare, certain intoxicants and medications may diminish or negatively affect the success of Botulinum Toxin to treat TMD.
Dental professionals are urged to tell their patients to disclose any medication prior to the injection. Otherwise, patients may suffer from bruising and bleeding at injection sites, or prolonged paralysis of the affected muscles. Discussion of previous substance prior to treatment use and risks is imperative.
Despite on its experimental stage, Botulinum Toxin application for TMD has been safe and effective.
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