How Long Does a Dental Botox Treatment Last?

Posted on: May 15, 2020

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Like many procedures in dentistry, dental Botox® is not a one-size-fits-all kind of treatment. For one, dental Botox® treats cosmetic and oral health problems that vary in type and severity. This translates to different dosages for different levels of severity. As an example, fine lines may require a lower dosage of Botox® compared to deep wrinkles.

Second, the amount of dental Botox® a dentist injects also determines how long a patient will take between treatments. So, the answer to the question of how long a single Botox® treatment lasts is not clear-cut.

What to expect from dental Botox® 

Dental Botox® is a protein that is delivered to a target muscle via an injection. As the dentist forms a diagnosis, they also pinpoint the exact muscle that they need to immobilize to help their patient.

The dentist then proceeds to administer dental Botox® in a procedure that takes anywhere between 10 and 30 minutes.

How long before the effects kick in?

The active ingredient in Botox® is a toxic protein produced by bacteria that occur naturally in expired foods like canned tomatoes. A person who eats such contaminated foods will start to show symptoms of Botulism food poisoning in around 12 to 72 hours. 

Being a modified version of the protein, dental Botox® takes a similar amount of time to take effect. A patient will start to see results in 24 to 48 hours after the procedure. The full effect of the treatment will be evident in a week or two.

How long does a patient need to wait between dental Botox® treatments?

It depends on the dosage. Different conditions require different amounts of dental Botox®. As an example, a dentist may use a large dose for a patient healing from jaw surgery. However, they may use a far smaller dose for a person that needs to acclimatize to braces or a set of dentures.

Also, some patients require a higher dosage of dental Botox than individuals with seemingly similar diagnoses. The difference in dosage could come down to an individual’s physiology or tolerance. As a rule of thumb; the higher the dose, the longer the waiting period between procedures.

In terms of numbers, dental Botox® wears off after three to six months. Some patients may need another Botox® procedure later on down the line, while others may not. 

Dental Botox® as a one-time treatment

Patients with chronic dental conditions like bruxism may require repeated dental Botox® procedures. On the flip side, there are patients who only need a single procedure, as part of a larger treatment plan. For example:

  • A patient who suffers from teeth grinding because of a bad bite or stress may choose dental Botox® to ease their symptoms
  • People with new dentures, bridges or braces may need a single dose of dental Botox® as they get used to their new appliances
  • An oral surgeon may administer dental Botox® to prevent the jaw muscles from clenching and putting stress on the jawbone as it heals

Learn more about dental Botox® 

Want to learn more about how long the effects of dental Botox last? Working with a dentist to determine a rough estimate is a good place to start. Reach out today to get started. 

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