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More Than a Cosmetic Treatment: 5 Surprising Medical Uses for BOTOX

October 11, 2020

Filed under: Uncategorized — pearldentistry @ 8:13 pm
a person receiving a BOTOX injection in their TMJ

Many people think of BOTOX injections as a fringe treatment for people who don’t like the look of their wrinkles or fine lines on their face. However, that’s not the case at all. It’s being used by countless medical and dental professionals to help patients relieve migraine discomfort, treat their TMJ pain, and a variety of other reasons. To learn more about how versatile and safe BOTOX is and how the medical community is beginning to use it in a variety of new ways, read on.

Chronic Migraines

If you’ve ever had a migraine, you’re likely familiar with the intense, throbbing pain they cause that can put you out of commission for an entire day. For people that suffer from these regularly, BOTOX can help. Medical professionals are injecting units into muscles in the head and neck every 12 weeks to lessen their frequency and provide patients with lasting relief.

TMJ Dysfunction

TMJ dysfunction, also referred to as temporomandibular joint disorder, is a common problem that impacts millions of Americans. This can cause teeth grinding, migraines, earaches, and facial muscle pain that impacts people’s day-to-day lives drastically. Some medical professionals are currently experimenting with using BOTOX injections to help treat the condition. However, this treatment is still in its experimental phases and hasn’t been approved by the FDA.

Excessive Underarm Sweating

Hyperhidrosis, or excessive underarm sweating is a common condition that occurs when the nerves in your armpit encourage your sweat glands to produce more moisture. This can happen at any moment, even when a person isn’t doing any physical activity, and can cause people to become embarrassed and self-conscious. Dermatologists and neurologists have been injecting BOTOX into these areas to lessen the amount of sweat produced.

Crossed Eyes, or Strabismus

Crossed eyes are commonly caused by unbalanced eye muscles that pull the eyes in separate directions. This can lead to blurred vision, an inability to focus, or even poor depth perception that impacts people’s daily lives. BOTOX injections can help calm an overactive eye muscle and allow it to relax and realign the eyes.  

Eyelid Muscle Spasms

Eyelid muscle spasms, uncontrollable and frequent blinking, and watery eyes aren’t just inconvenient—they can also be uncomfortable and embarrassing to live with. They can even make it difficult to complete everyday tasks like driving and working on a computer. Injecting BOTOX into spasming eyelids can help loosen and relax the overworked muscle, reducing these effects.

BOTOX injections are great for treating fine lines and wrinkles among a variety of other issues. It is a trusted and FDA-approved procedure that can help people suffering from a variety of medical conditions find comfort in their daily lives. To learn more about how your dentist utilizes this treatment to address cosmetic imperfections as well as TMJ dysfunction and migraines, schedule a consultation with them today!

About the Author

Dr. Stefanie Walker is grateful to be able to make a difference in her patients’ lives by providing them with cutting-edge treatments and high-quality dental care. She has completed advanced training and education to allow her to achieve great results from treatments like BOTOX. In addition to helping patients, she also remains a part-time Assistant Professor at University of Colorado’s School of Dental Medicine. For questions about the many uses of BOTOX or to schedule a treatment appointment, visit Pearl Dentistry’s website or call 720-440-9296.  

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