Botox is a safe, non-surgical treatment used to treat a variety of dental-related conditions, including TMJ disorder, migraines, cosmetic smile issues and facial wrinkles. Botox works by paralyzing underlying muscles for a limited amount of time (usually 3-6 months).
Why have a dentist administered Botox?
Dentists receive extensive training with injections and head and neck anatomy. They are uniquely qualified to consider Botox as part of a more comprehensive assessment. Whether you are looking to find alternative treatments to painful TMJ disorders or just improve your facial appearance, Dr Foy will bring a detail-oriented perspective.
How long does a Botox injection last?
The effects from Botox will last an average of three to six months. As muscle action gradually returns, the lines and wrinkles begin to reappear and need to be treated again. The lines and wrinkles often appear less severe with time because the muscles are shrinking.
What is the cost of Botox?
The price will depend on your type of treatment required after a diagnostic appointment with Dr Foy. Most can expect to use 20-75 units. 50 units typically takes care of the forehead, and crow’s feet. Other dental treatments can vary greatly.
What is Botox?
BOTOX® (botulinum toxin A) is a natural protein purified for medicinal use. Formulated for simplicity and safety, BOTOX® is gently injected into the muscles of the face. Within a few hours, the muscles begin to relax. As a result, the skin over the muscles also relaxes, and wrinkles disappear! It is to smooth lines in the forehead, between and around the eyes, at the corners of the mouth, and other areas of the face.
Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin produced by the bacterium Clostridium A. Botulinum toxin can relax the muscles on areas of the face and neck which cause wrinkles associated with facial expression or facial pain. Treatment with botulinum toxin can cause your facial expression lines or wrinkles to be less noticeable or essentially disappear. Areas most frequently treated are: a) glabellar area of frown lines, located between the eyes; b) crow’s feet (lateral areas of the eyes); c) forehead wrinkles; d) radial lip lines (smoker’s lines); e) head and neck muscles. Botox is diluted to a very controlled solution and when injected into the muscles with a very thin needle, it is almost painless. Patients may feel a slight burning sensation while the solution is being injected. The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes and the results can last up to 3 months. With repeated treatments, the results may tend to last longer.