The benefits of Botox as adjunctive therapy in dental and cosmetic treatment is rapidly growing. Botox has useful clinical uses as an adjunct in TMJ and bruxism cases, even more so for patients with moderate chronic temporomandibular joint and facial pain. Botox is a muscle relaxer and when given in typically half the dosage used for facial wrinkle smoothing treatment, it can greatly reduce the intensity of the muscle contractions that contribute to TMJ and facial pain and give the patient significant relief.
Botox can also be used as a non-surgical alternative to attenuate hypermobile upper lips (high lip line) that result in gummy smiles. With Botox therapy the muscles surrounding the lip are weakened so they cannot raise the lip as high as before. This is done carefully, so the patient maintains full lip competency allowing them to go about their normal activities such as speaking, smiling, puckering and eating.