Botox Treatment at Brookline Dental Specialists
Most people who are considering medical cosmetic treatments such as Botox visit a medi-spa or seek out a professional in the cosmetic field to perform such procedures, but what about at your dentist’s office? It may seem unconventional at first, but in fact, your dentist may be just as qualified, if not more, to administer Botox.
Many states recognize this and have approved dental offices providing Botox services for their patients. A dental practitioner is actually the ideal doctor to help you use Botox to improve the function and the look of your smile. Dentists go through years of education and training to receive their Doctor of Medicine in Dentistry (DMD), or Doctor of Dental Surgery (DDS) credentials. Some registered nurses and physicians’ assistants who are licensed to administer Botox have only taken a weekend long course to be qualified to perform the procedure! When compared to a dentist who has spent years studying the maxillofacial area, or the jaws and the face, this poses significantly more risks to the safety of the procedure.
Dental offices must adhere to the highest level of safety standards. Managing chemicals properly, single use tools, and an autoclave which is used to sterilize all the tools and equipment used in our office. We follow strict protocols to make sure our facility and equipment are sterile and safe. Every member of our clinical team must be up to date, trained, and licensed to work in our practice. This includes training in the most comprehensive sterilization methods. Spas, beauty parlors, and other venues that offer Botox treatments aren’t held to the same standards. This could expose you to risks when seeking Botox with this type of provider–tools that could be exposed to harmful bacteria and practitioners who aren’t as educated as dental professionals in proper sanitation practices. This is yet another reason why a dental office is your best bet if you are seeking the safest possible Botox experience.
In addition to the cosmetic applications, Botox can be used in some cases to provide therapeutic dental treatment for migraines and bruxism. Bruxism, or the subconscious clenching and grinding of teeth in either waking life or sleep, has shown to be improved by Botox therapies. Temperomandibular joint disorders–or TMJ disorders–also show improvement using Botox. The temperomandibular joint, or simply your jaw joint functions like a hinge: under certain stress or tension, the jaw can lock up, “click” on opening and closing, or shift to one side, causing complications with bite and chew. Spasms of the jaw, pathologic clenching of the jaw, a gummy smile, and other disorders can be treated by a dentist using Botox.
Dr. Amirali Fattahi, D.M.D. is now offering cosmetic Botox treatment in the comfort and convenience of our office right here in Brookline. Botox has been proven time and time again as a medical and cosmetic treatment for a wide variety of maxillofacial concerns. If you’d like more information about all the cosmetic and esthetic treatments available in our office please give us a call to schedule a consultation, and as always, we welcome new patients!