Chicago Facial Aesthetics
Botox® is not only used for aesthetic reasons, it has many medical benefits. According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS), Botox® has been the #1 nonsurgical procedure since the year 2000. Patients who are undergoing oral surgery or are suffering from Temporomandibular Disorder (TMD) can benefit from using Botox®. Don’t let misinformation stop you from taking advantage of this cosmetic solution. Learn how Botox® can help you not only look better, but feel better.
What is Botox® and how does it work?
Botox® is a prescription medicine that is injected into your facial muscles. It works by blocking the nerve impulses to the injected sites, reducing the muscle activity. This can help reduce the appearance of aging, but can also have medical benefits. The effects of Botox® are temporary, lasting up to 4 months.
Botox® and TMJ/TMD
TMD refers to issues affecting the Temporomandibular joint, muscles, and soft tissues that connect your jawbone to your skull. Common symptoms of the disorder include jaw pain or stiffness, pain in cheeks or temples, and a clicking sensation when opening and closing your mouth. While TMD is not a life-threatening condition, it can lead to mild to severe inflammation and discomfort if left untreated. Multiple studies have shown the benefits of Botox® in treating TMD. A certified dentist is able to administer it to the affected areas, offering relief to joint and tissues to minimize discomfort caused by the disorder.
Botox® and Implant Procedures
A majority of patients who receive dental implants are older and have already experienced the effects that aging can have on the face. Patients can sometimes experience difficulty with dental implants as their faces lose their natural fullness. Using Botox® to supplement oral surgery or implant procedures can be an easy and effective way to make the results look more natural and restore the appearance of your face.
If you’re interested in learning more about the aesthetic and medical benefits of Botox® treatment, contact our dental office. Our friendly and experienced team will be happy to walk you through the ideal cosmetic solutions for your particular needs.