Did you know that Botox® and dermal fillers can also treat dental concerns?
Our dental team is trained and experienced in the use of Botox and fillers to address cosmetic concerns, complete a smile makeover, or treat specific types of oral health problems. These treatments can not only reduce wrinkles and smooth out the face but can also treat headaches and TMJ disorders.
Botox is frequently used as a cosmetic treatment that relaxes the muscles in the forehead that cause deep frown lines. Although, the effect of muscle relaxation can also be achieved to reduce the discomfort associated with jaw pain and bite problems. Most patients achieve results that last four to six months.
There are several different types of dermal fillers that we can offer in our Frederick dental office. We will examine your skin, discuss your concerns and make recommendations suitable for your needs.
Why Choose a Dentist for Cosmetic Injections?
It may seem to be an odd choice to get cosmetic fillers from your dentist. But cosmetic injections are something that dentists excel at. They may be the most qualified providers of precise injection treatments. They extensively study the makeup of the face and all of the muscles and bones in it. Dentists know how the muscles move and react and how they’ll respond to treatment with Botox or dermal fillers.
Dentists are also used to anesthetic injections and performing them in delicate areas. Their training involves learning how to perform procedures in the cramped areas of the face and mouth. With dentists, you can expect treatment that’s quick, precise, and comfortable. Other providers usually only have topical anesthetics to dull the area. If you’re uncomfortable or nervous about treatment, we can discuss our dental sedation options with you so that you stay relaxed during treatment.
Botox & Fillers: What to Expect
Many fillers contain hyaluronic acid (HA), which keeps the skin hydrated. HA fillers plump the skin around the nose and mouth to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. XEOMIN® is a prescription medication injected into muscles. This filler improves the appearance of frown lines between the eyebrows.
Patients see results three to four days after treatment. XEOMIN can last for up to three months. Juvéderm® XC adds volume and fullness to your face while erasing unwanted wrinkles and lines. Juvéderm is also the only FDA-approved dermal filler that can last up to one year with one treatment.
The injection of Botox or a dermal filler will be done in the comfort of our office using a local anesthetic. Your dentist will gently place the injections in strategic locations to address your needs. Once complete, you may experience mild swelling, redness, and discomfort at the injection site. Most patients resume their daily routine immediately after their appointment, and side effects can be managed with over-the-counter pain medication as needed.
Results will begin to be noticeable within the first couple of days, and the treated area will continue to improve over the next few weeks. We will work with you to maintain your refreshed appearance or to manage your TMJ pain when you visit us for routine dental care every six months.
Botox for Headaches and TMJ
We work with patients to diagnose and treat the symptoms of TMJ-related disorders and bite problems. TMJ-related muscle tension can cause a range of painful symptoms, including headaches and jaw pain. Botox is FDA-approved for the treatment of chronic headaches, which are often related to TMJ disorders and muscle tension. Botox and fillers can provide relief from headaches and migraines for an improved quality of life.
We will perform a thorough and comprehensive evaluation of your oral health and the condition of your bite to determine if Botox, Juvéderm, or XEOMIN are right for you. During a consultation, we can discuss your treatment and the number of injections needed for your specific concerns.
Treatment with Botox
Botox is a neurotoxin that is injected into muscle tissue. It acts upon the nerve impulses that affect the action of the muscle. Botox relaxes the treated muscle and releases the tension in the face. Treatment with these injections is quick and comfortable. Results can last for up to 6 months, sometimes longer. We can provide follow-up treatments as needed and will work with you to monitor the appearance of lines and wrinkles or to evaluate TMJ-related symptoms.
Am I a Good Candidate for Botox?
While most patients can be considered a candidate, the optimal patient is in generally good health and between the ages of 18 and 65. We will meet with you to discuss how Botox or a dermal filler can meet your specific needs or cosmetic goals.
Botox and Dermal Filler FAQs
How long does Botox last?
Botox injections typically last from two to six months. Unfortunately, Botox does not last forever. Since your body consistently makes new neurotransmitters, the effect of Botox gradually wears off. It is also possible that a first-timer’s results may not last as long. However, their results may last longer after the second treatment.
What is in a dermal filler?
Dermal fillers are a type of cosmetic injectable that are used to fill in facial wrinkles and lines. They are made from different substances, including collagen, hyaluronic acid, poly-L-lactic acid, and Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA).
How long will dermal fillers last?
Dermal fillers typically last for about six months to a year, depending on the type of filler used and the area treated. Other dermal fillers can last up to four to five years. The longevity of dermal fillers varies depending on the type of filler used, the area treated, and your physiology.
Can Botox ruin my face?
There is no evidence that Botox will eventually ruin your face. In fact, Botox is a very safe and effective treatment when used correctly. It can help to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and give you a more youthful appearance. However, it is important to consult with a qualified dermatologist before undergoing any treatment.
Can I exercise after my Botox procedure?
You should avoid any exercise for at least 4 hours after treatment. If you raise your blood pressure by doing any strenuous workout, you could cause swelling in the injection areas. This can lead to bruising and swelling and even changes your Botox results. Follow your dentist’s Botox post-treatment instructions.
Can I get Botox before surgery?
Yes, you can get Botox before surgery. However, it’s important to consult with your doctor. Your doctor will make sure that there are no known interactions between Botox and any medications you may need to take before or after the surgery.
Schedule A Dental Exam Today
Do you want to erase fine lines and wrinkles? Do you suffer from chronic headaches and jaw pain? Call the Frederick Center for Dentistry at 301-264-5680 or request a dental exam with us online.