Patients who are familiar with Botox may be initially confused when they find out their dentist in Weymouth offers it. Similar to other cosmetic treatments offered by your dentist, Botox is fully capable of treating issues around the mouth and face. What’s even more surprising is how effective Botox can alleviate symptoms related to temporomandibular disorder (TMD.) If you experience chronic headaches or jaw pain due to TMD, you’ll want to keep reading.
Today, we’ll be discussing what Botox is and how your dentist uses it to help patients.
What Does My Dentist Use?
When you visit your dentist in Weymouth, you’ll find him using Botox and Juvederm. Botox is the shorthand form of the neurotoxic protein known as botulinum toxin. Juvederm is a family of hyaluronic acid gel dermal fillers. Both of these products accomplish the same goal in helping patients improve their appearance overall and treat problems associated with TMD.
Many patients don’t think about seeing the dentist for this purpose because it doesn’t have any specific connection to oral health or even cosmetic dental treatments. However, many dentists around the country undergo post-graduate training to use these materials. The training focuses on the anatomy of the head, neck, facial bones, joints, and muscles. That makes them ideal professionals to administer these types of treatments.
How Can it Improve My Appearance?
When the face has been making expressions for many years, lines can start to form in several areas. One of the most common areas is in between the eyebrows, often referred to as crow’s feet. However, they can also appear around the lips and on the forehead. Wrinkles that appear when you smile, laugh, or squint are all considered dynamic wrinkles.
Botox and Juvederm work to reduce wrinkles, creases, and fine lines typically found along the face. This works to restore natural facial shape and volume when dynamic wrinkles appear. They work by relaxing certain muscles in the face and over time, wrinkles become less and less noticeable.
How Does Botox Help TMJ Problems?
When patients learn that Botox and Juvederm can alleviate symptoms of TMD, including jaw pain, neck pain, and chronic headaches, they get very intrigued. After injection, the toxin reduces the intensity of contractions of the muscles in question. In some cases, it removes the contraction altogether, depending on the dosage used. Migraines, headaches, teeth clenching, grinding, and TMD discomfort can all be treated therapeutically through Botox and Juvederm.
Treatment can be completed in a single visit quite quickly, even during a patient’s lunch break. The effects work instantly and they resume daily activities once they leave. The results usually last several months; however, your dentist recommends patients come in for regular maintenance visits.
Are you curious on how well this treatment really works? Schedule a visit to get all your cosmetic and therapeutic needs treated today!
About the Author
Dr. Stephen Kerr earned his DMD degree from Tufts University of Dental Medicine. He’s attended many continuing education courses since then, including on the use of Botox and Juvederm for cosmetic and therapeutic care for dental patients. To learn more about his treatments or practice, contact him at (781) 337-6644 or visit his website.
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