BOTOX IN DENTISTRY?
Botox in Dentistry?
When people think of Botox, they primarily associate it with cosmetic procedures. It is true that Botox reduces wrinkles by paralyzing muscles that produce these wrinkles. However, did you know that many of these same muscles cause tension-type headaches, muscle pain, clenching and grinding, and TMD.
Botox is injected with a tiny needle into these muscles, ultimately causing them to relax and easing some of that tension caused by their persistent contraction. It also works at the level of the pain receptors, reducing some of the pain signals involved in headaches.
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Does it hurt?
Because we use very tiny needles, and are injecting into large muscles, it is quite painless. One good comparison is that it feels like plucking a hair.
Is it Safe?
Did you know Botox has been used since the 70’s to treat blepharospasm (droopy eyelid) and strabismus (lazy eye). You can feel comfort in knowing that this treatment has been developed for decades, and used directly in the eye, while we will be using it in large muscles primarily involved in grinding and clenching. Anyone who feels they may benefit from this treatment is seen for a consultation, where we determine if you are a good candidate and discuss this treatment in more detail and answer any questions or concerns you may have.
Does it work?
Botox is effective at treating TMD and tension type headaches caused by muscle contractions. It is important to note that Botox works better for some types of headaches. This is why every patient interested in this type of therapy is seen for a consult first, so that we can determine if you are a good candidate for treatment and work with you based on your goals for treatment.
Does Insurance cover this procedure?
Many plans do provide some coverage and we can provide questions for you to ask your provider to see if you have any benefits for this procedure.
Dermal Filler in Dentistry?
Dermal filler is used to enhance the aesthetics of your smile by adding fullness or even defining the shape of your lips. Fillers can also be used to treat those dark triangles between teeth by plumping up the gums between them.
What is a dermal filler made of?
Dermal fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (HA), which is the main substance found naturally within your extracellular matrix (outside the cells). Within our skin HA increases flexibility, elasticity, and moisture. It absorbs water from surrounding tissue, causing lips to become fuller. It is completely reversible and considered non-allergenic.
How long does this treatment last?
Depending on the type of filler, generally this treatment lasts for about one year.