Botox treatments are the most commonly performed minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in North America. There were nearly 2.5 million cosmetic procedures done with Botox in 2008 according to The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. The safety records of Botox treatment is nearly unparalleled by just about any other delivered medication on the market today.
Botox is a trade name for botulinum toxin, which comes in the form of a purified protein. Botulinum toxin A is the most commonly used form with a few thousand articles supporting its use in scientific and medical literature. The mechanism of action for botulinum toxin A is really quite simple. It is injected into the facial muscles and, within a few hours, it attaches itself to the nerve endings of the motor muscles, thereby affecting the nerve transmission to these muscles. In approximately three to ten days after treatment, the skin above these motor muscles, not only become relaxed, but also becomes nice and smooth. The effects last approximately three to four months depending on various factors including amount of toxin A injected, metabolic activity of the patient and lifestyle choices, such as smoking, which may cause the treatment not to last as long. When you feel discomfort or notice changes in appearance, retreatment is necessary.
Botox Therapeutics in Dentistry
Although Botox usages are well-known for the cosmetic treatments, there are other innovative and therapeutic uses in dentistry. The various procedures include TMJ, clenching and grinding (bruxism) therapy and headaches caused from them.
TMJ, Clenching and Grinding of teeth
Although a night guard is a very effective method of correcting this painful habit. Patients suffering from teeth grinding and clenching, temporomandibular disorder and associated headaches from these conditions, find relief from Botox treatments as a successful alternative. The process behind the pain-relieving abilities is simple. Botox is injected into the facial muscles and blocks the transmitters between the motor nerves that simulate the muscle. This causes no loss of sensory feelings in the muscles. Once the motor nerve endings are interrupted, the muscle cannot contract and the areas that were previously tense or overtired from either stress or overuse get the relief they need which enables them to relax. As soon as these muscles are relaxed, they assist in relieving the symptoms associated with the pain caused by the muscles.
High Lip lines, “gummy” Smiles, Upside down smiles and Puckered Chins
If you are looking for a non-surgical alternative to high lip line cases, over-retracted upper lips which cause “gummy” smiles, upside down smiles (as it takes more muscles to frown compared to smiling) and puckered chins, then dermal fillers are the answer. Millions of people use dermal fillers to achieve a more relaxed and smooth facial appearance while still having the freedom of expression.
Dermal fillers are smooth injectable gels made from naturally occurring hyaluronic acid. They add volume to weakened facial features and can stimulate collagen growth. Each dermal filler is unique in its own way but similar in two. First, they plump skin and gently lift it to restore collagen loss due to the normal aging process. Secondly, dermal fillers motivate the body to create its own natural collagen and restore your face to a more natural, youthful appearance.
Dermal fillers approved by the FDA are minimally invasive and very safe. As with any procedure, there are possible risks, the most common being post-procedure bruising and swelling which are usually very minimal and resolve quickly.
Dermal filler treatments typically take 20-40 minutes and the amount of dermal filler needed will depend on volume loss and the areas you would like to restore to its natural beauty. You will see results immediately after treatment.
Dentists are the “Best Injectors” Around
Dentists provide you with a level of treatment that many Botox providers can’t touch. The reason is because dentists have a thorough training in the bone and muscular design of your face. Dentists also know how to help you retain your natural looks while relieving you of your symptoms. The advanced training that dentists receive in the oral and maxillofacial areas of the face, forehead to chin, qualifies them for Botox artistry. Lip lines, puckered chins and upside down or gummy smiles need to have customized targeted treatment for natural results which a dentist is best qualified in obtaining.
Another asset of dentists is their continual use of injections. They inject anesthetics for a living and make them comfortable, quick and relatively painless for their patients. Many patients compare dentists to the other healthcare professionals they have gone to before for these procedures and by far, the dentists injections are quicker and much more comfortable!