Comprehensive Aesthetic Dentistry
Botox for Cosmetic and TMD
At Millennium Dental, our doctors continue to advance their knowledge and repertoire of treatment options to better serve their patients. Botox Cosmetic and Xeomin Cosmetic are now offered for aesthetics, such as the reduction of wrinkles as well as for treatment of Temporal Mandibular Disorder (TMD).
Why choose a dentist for Botox treatment?
Dentists already have focused training and a background in the anatomy of the face, neck and jaw and routinely need to consider these important areas when treating their patients. A knowledge of the muscles involved in chewing and facial expression, which are routinely treated in this way, is powerfully combined with the fact that dentists are experienced injectors.
Along with some extra training in the understanding of the pharmacodynamics, dentists are perfectly positioned to deliver this treatment safely and effectively.
There is also a good fit with the frequency of refresh injections. Since injections typically last up to three months, they must be repeated three to four times a year. Routine dental cleanings, whitening or recall appointments follow a similar schedule and can be timed to occur together for convenience.
Treatment of TMD
Botox is best known for its esthetic ability to reduce wrinkles in the skin. Less publicized is the fact that it has also been documented in medical literature for over twenty years as being effective for treating of Temporal Mandibular Disorder (TMD) and orofacial pain.
TMD is characterized by increased tension in the jaw and facial muscles, which can lead to face and neck pain. Botox essentially paralyses the muscles at the injection site. It reduces the contraction and intensity of muscles in the face and jaw and reduces the symptoms of TMD.
This option has completely changed the way dentists can plan treatments for TMD therapy. It provides a minimally invasive option that may be used as a temporary treatment to relieve pain, or prior to resorting to irreversible dentistry, such as full mouth reconstruction. Having this option is good for clinicians as it provides time to test and observe the condition and better for patients as it provides relief of symptoms.
How does Botox work to smooth wrinkles on the face? First you have to understand why wrinkles occur with aging. As we age, our faces naturally loses fat in the deeper layers of our skin. Our skin literally becomes thinner as we age. Once the skin begins to lose fat content, muscles contract closer to the skin’s surface during facial expression. Wrinkles appear more substantial and with repetition become more deeply ingrained. Botox injections paralyse the muscles and reduce the contraction and intensity of muscles, temporarily reducing the appearance of wrinkles
Is it safe?
Botox and Xeomin are approved by Health Canada. They have a proven safety record and are also approved in over twenty countries around the world.
Some patients, however, are not candidates for this type of treatment. These include: pregnant, actively nursing, those with pre-existing neuromuscular conditions, or patients with breathing disorders such as asthma or emphysema.
It is also critical that a patient divulge their dentist of all prescription medicines, vitamins, and supplements being taken to avoid harmful interaction between active ingredients.
If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask your doctor at Millennium Dental. Or call us at 403 236 4443