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The 101 of Botox Therapeutics

August 21, 2022
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Botox is a popular cosmetic procedure that provides immediate results.

In this article, we will discuss the 101 of Botox therapeutics. We have included the dental issues treated by them and why dentists have incorporated Botox therapeutics in their practice.

We will also have a sneak peek into the Botox therapeutics procedure.

How is Botox used in dental practices?

Dental practices use Botox to treat misalignment of jaw muscles, TMJ, Bruxism, and more. Let’s discuss these dental issues in detail.

TMJ Disorder

The temporomandibular joint connects our lower jaw muscle to the skull. When there is muscle tension, the TMJ stops functioning correctly, causing the TMJ disorder.

As a result, there is extreme pain in the facial muscles and jaw. It can also lead to migraine headaches.

A dentist uses Botox to decrease muscle tension or pressure and stops migraines caused by the discomfort.

Why do individuals experience TMJ?


  • Genetics
  • Diseases of specific connective tissues
  • The habit of teeth grinding, especially at night



  • Sudden intense pain in the jaw and around the ear.
  • Pain while chewing food

If left untreated, TMJ can severely damage the jaw. It can also cause arthritic conditions such as osteoarthritis.


Bruxism is characterized by clenching and grinding teeth, often leading to jaw problems, headaches, and damaged teeth.


  • High levels of stress
  • Improper sleep and poor diet
  • Overconsumption of drugs, caffeine, alcohol, and cigarettes


  • Pain in the face, shoulder, and neck
  • Teeth erosion
  • Headaches

How can Botox Therapeutics help?

Botox injections will freeze the chewing muscles, therefore helping to relieve the clenching and grinding of teeth and the associated pain or damage.

Another effective way to deal with Bruxism is using a night guard. Also, healthy lifestyle habits will do a lot of good to improve the condition.

Trigeminal neuralgia

It is a condition that hits the trigeminal nerve: the nerve that sends sensory signals from face to brain. There is a Trigeminal nerve on each side of your face.


  • Trigeminal nerve compression
  • Facial injury and more


  • Intensive pain on one side of the face or a particular spot.
  • Throbbing pain that lasts for hours, weeks, and even longer.
  • Pain after touching face and cheeks.

How can Botox Therapeutics help?

Botox injections can help relieve pain and discomfort for individuals who no longer respond to medication. If you are experiencing trigeminal neuralgia, consult your dentist.

Orthodontic Therapy

Orthodontic Therapy treats crooked or misaligned teeth. The process includes putting pressure on the teeth and straightening them.

Why would an individual need orthodontic therapy?

It improves the bite of the patient, preserves the jaw structure, and closes gaps between the teeth. With no gaps or significant spacing, there are fewer chances of food getting stuck and causing tooth decay.

Botox is also used to restrain muscle movement to prevent teeth relapse.

Quick fix for a gummy smile

When you smile, your gums should cover your teeth in a balanced way. If too much of your gums are exposed, you’ve got a gummy smile.

Causes of a gummy smile

  • Having too much gum tissue
  • Genetics such as Short upper lip, small teeth, and prominent gums
  • Unhygienic mouth/teeth habits, primarily due to the application of braces
  • Side effects of certain medicines such as Diltiazem and Phenytoin

How can Botox help a gummy smile?

The Botox injection on the upper lip muscles prevents it from rising too much when smiling, preventing over-exposure.


To sum up, Botox is a protein that works on nerves and muscles. Although it’s a simple and effective procedure, a dentist can only apply Botox for therapeutic benefits. Contact Ashraf Dentistry today for more information.

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Lamine Diallo
Lamine Diallo
02:21 15 Jun 22
My family and I have been receiving care from Dr. Ashraf and his amazing team since we first moved to Waterloo in 2002. His assessment skills are spot on, he is gentle and is very skilled at working with anxious\nervous patients. My dental hygienist is Lin who is very knowledgeable, and passionate about her work. She is amazingly gentle yet very,very thorough when it comes to preventative dental care. She is didactic as well, taking the time to teach patients how to use certain equipment as well as addressing gingivitis in pro-active ways. We are in very capable hands.
Trisa Kapetaneas
Trisa Kapetaneas
18:12 01 Jun 22
I have been a patient here for over 2 years now and I've always enjoyed the experience. The staff are professional and have always made me feel comfortable. I recently had a cleaning done by Lynn for the first time and she was amazing! Will continue to visit for my checkups/cleanings.
Aamir Mirza
Aamir Mirza
14:54 03 May 22
Dr. Ashraf and his team is amazing. All work done under one umbrella for entire family. We all are very happy to be under the care for the last 20 plus years. Lin, dental hygienist is remarkable professional. She knows her job so well that I look forward to my cleaning every time I'm scheduled. Thank you Lin for your amazing work for my entire family!
Alena Delena
Alena Delena
14:50 02 May 22
My family loves Dr Ashraf. We've been through many dentists in many cities and he's by far our favourite one. He's always thorough and professional. His referrals are also of equal high caliber. I went to him for a root canal and a crown. I had many concerns and he addressed them all personally. He even went so far as to redo a root canal for me. Recommend.
Nicole Wood
Nicole Wood
15:31 28 Apr 22
I found Ashraf Dentistry a year ago and I absolutely love their dental clinic. Everyone is very kind and thorough. Lin is the best dental hygienist I've ever had! She takes the time to ensure I receive the care I need. Both dentists I've seen have also been very kind and wonderful at making me feel like my teeth are being taken care of. Highly recommend!
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