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BOTOX ® and Dermal Filler

What is BOTOX ® Cosmetic – How Does it Work?

BOTOX ® is a brand name drug made from botulinum toxin, a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum. Botox blocks signals from the nerves to the muscles, preventing them from exerting their full force. Small, dilute doses are injected directly into specific muscles, weakening them to provide relief for conditions such as jaw pain, headaches, and facial pain. It can also be used to temporarily relax muscles that cause “gummy” smiles, and creases and lines in your facial skin.

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What Can my Dental Practitioner Treat with BOTOX®?

1. TMJ Disorder and Jaw Tension Read More

The temporo-mandibular joints (TMJ) are located where the jawbone meets the skull, just in front your ears. These joints are used during eating, swallowing, talking, and other everyday activities. If these joints become displaced, or overworked through excessive teeth grinding, severe headaches and/or jaw pain can occur. BOTOX®, when used as an alternative treatment for TMJ and jaw discomfort, relieves jaw tension by making muscles unable to engage in the powerful, often unconscious movement of the jaw that produces headaches and pain.

According to the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, although BOTOX® treatment for these conditions is presently experimental, evidence indicates that it can be extremely effective.

2. “Gummy” Smile Read More

When some people smile their upper lip lifts to reveal not only their teeth, but also the gums above them. Using BOTOX® to partially relax upper-lip muscles allows a natural smile that shows teeth, while keeping gum tissue covered and moist.

3. Bruxism, or Teeth Grinding Read More

Continual jaw clenching and teeth grinding is very hard on your teeth, and can cause headaches and create jaw pain. Sometimes this clenching is involuntary and occurs while we sleep, when we are not even aware it. BOTOX® can be used to relax jaw muscles so that if your jaw is clenched, it is not using the full force of the muscles. For many, this is enough to reduce, or eliminate, jaw pain and headaches. In addition, the wide face and square jaw caused by clenching can be improved in appearance.

4. Headaches Read More

There are many dental conditions that can contribute to headaches, include TMJ disorder and bruxism. If the underlying cause is muscle tension, treatment with BOTOX® can reduce the occurrence and severity of headaches.

5. Orthodontic Relapse Read More

Occasionally, teeth that have been straightened slowly move back to their original position. BOTOX® can be used to relax only those muscles that cause the relapse.

6. Facial Wrinkles and Creases Read More

BOTOX® can be used to relax facial muscles that create creases and wrinkles. This can temporarily soften the appearance of existing lines, and prevent the formation of new ones.

What is Dermal Filler and How Does it Work?

Dermal Filler is a hyaluronic acid, which is produced naturally in your body. Brand names include Juvederm®, Perlane®, and Restylane®, to name a few. Dermal fillers act like your body’s own hyaluronic acid and add volume and fullness to the tissue.

What Can my Dental Practitioner Treat with Dermal Filler?

1. Dental Black Triangle Read More

Dental black triangle is when the gum tissue that normally fills spaces between teeth is missing due to gum disease, or dental treatment. Dermal Filler can be used to plump adjacent tissue to improve your smile, and prevent food from getting caught in those spaces.

2. Facial Wrinkles and Creases Read More

Dermal Filler can be used to add volume to skin to improve the appearance of existing creases and wrinkles. Often used with Botox, Dermal Filler improves the appearance of the skin while Botox prevents the formation of new lines and wrinkles.

Why Visit Your Dentist for These Treatments?

Dental practitioners have more training and knowledge of oral and oral-facial areas than many other health care professionals, and have comprehensive knowledge of facial muscle expression dynamics. They will consider dental and facial proportions before augmentation for optimal results.

In addition, they are experts in injections and anesthetic techniques. They are trained and accredited to augment with BOTOX® and Dermal Filler using best techniques, and can offer quick and convenient treatments during routine dental visits.

Are BOTOX® and Dermal Filler treatments safe?

Ask us for information on risks, limitations & possible complications of BOTOX and Dermal Filler.

More Questions and Answers

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What is the difference between BOTOX® and Dermal Filler?
BOTOX® relaxes facial muscles to prevent new wrinkles from forming; Dermal Filler is used to instantly fill and smooth existing wrinkles and folds.

How long do treatments take?
Often considered “lunch break” treatments, they take only 10-25 minutes, depending on the procedure.

How long will results last?
Depending on the area treated, Dermal Filler can last 6 – 12 months, or longer. BOTOX® can last 3-6 months, sometimes longer.

How should I prepare for my procedure?
Your dentist may recommend taking medications days before and/or after your procedure. They may include homeopathic oral medication to help with swelling and bruising, and promote healing. If you are prone to cold sores he/she may recommend that you take a specific medication, such as Valtrex, before and after your treatment.