Botox and Dermal Fillers
Botox is the common name for botulinum toxin, a protein that can be injected into the facial muscles. Botox doesn't affect the muscles themselves - it blocks the transmitters between the nerves that move the muscles so that the muscles can't contract. This stops the motion that causes wrinkles. Three to ten days after the treatment, the skin that surrounds these muscles smooths itself out. Dermal Fillers are injections that can replace the fat and collagen in the skin that naturally diminishes as we age, leading to deep wrinkles around the mouth and thinning lips. Dermal fillers can complement cosmetic dentistry procedures to create a beautiful smile.
Dental Botox Treatment
In addition to the cosmetic benefits of Botox and Dermal Fillers, there are several applications that are specific to dentistry. Because dentists routinely give pain-free injections of local anesthetics, many patients report that injections given by dentists are less painful than those administered by other healthcare professionals.
TMJ, also know as temporomandibular joint disorder, is a common problem that affects many patients. There can be popping and clicking of the jaw joint upon opening, grinding, and clenching of teeth. There may be a "bad bite" (malocclusion) as an underlying problem and the pain associated with this can be debilitating. Botox can begin to ease the hyperactivity and reduce the force of the muscles providing much-needed pain relief as a longer more permanent solution to the bite problem is achieved.
HEADACHES / OROFACIAL PAIN
Tension headaches are often caused by a constant muscle contraction of the jaw. Dental Botox treatments can help create a partial paralysis in those muscles that cause tension headaches. Botox is injected into the trigger areas of the pain, essentially blocking the nerve signals and relaxing the offending muscle.
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