Dr Uchida interview on the Rick Hamada Show

 
 

Botox

 

A very high percentage of people who grind and clench their teeth are almost entirely unaware of what they are doing. Often, the first time people are told they grind is when they've broken a molar, or chipped a front tooth. Those with the most extreme cases of clenching and grinding often wear a bite guard, and many have found great relief this way, but for those who don't have pain from clenching and grinding a bite guard can be bulky or uncomfortable. It's not uncommon for night guards to end up left unused, and patients to feel frustrated as a result. Patients and dental professionals alike have been left wanting for a better solution. Now we have one!
Therapeutic Botox is the latest edition to our practice at Smiles Forever. We have been administering it since January, 2013.


Dr. Uchida started learning how to use Botox for dental therapy back in 2007, and is continuing to take advanced courses now. In 2012 legislation in Hawaii was passed allowing dentists to administer Botox for therapeutic purposes. Botox is a treatment that has been used successfully for dental therapy both on the mainland US and internationally for over 5 years.


Therapeutic Botox helps people that have damaged or worn teeth from clenching and grinding their teeth, and also those have tension or migraine headaches. Relief from pain, and protection from damage, all without the use of night guards!

 

Botox is administered quickly and painlessly into the two main muscles (masseter and temporalis) that squeeze the mouth together. Botox puts these muscles partially to sleep, which allows them to relax, without interfering with normal function. Finding the right dosage to get one to their "Happy Place" is key to successful Botox Therapy.

 

 
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