A popular non-surgical cosmetic solution used for diminishing lines and wrinkles in patients ages 18-65 is injections of the botulinum toxin. This purified protein prevents and slows down signs of aging by hindering the muscle activity that causes lines to form as the years pass. After only a few tiny injections in just 10 minutes of your time, you will notice a reduction in moderate to severe lines within days. Botulinum treatments last up to four months.
You may wonder why this facial treatment is being offered by our dental practice. This highly effective cosmetic procedure is not commonly associated with general dentistry, but the benefits of botulinum expand well beyond aesthetics. Such chronic conditions as a migraine, overactive bladder, and excessive sweating have responded well to injections of the botulinum toxin for treatment and prevention. Additionally, botulinum has recently become recognized as a useful treatment for TMJ symptoms.
Temporomandibular joint disorder, or TMJ, can be difficult to diagnose correctly. Symptoms include headaches and earaches which often leads doctors to conclude the problem is sinus-related, rather than a jaw issue. Stress can exacerbate TMJ symptoms and bring on destructive tooth grinding, excruciating ear pain and lockjaw. Even though some symptoms may improve without treatment, a botulinum injection provides fast, long-lasting relief for issues that linger. Your dentist may suggest this treatment to manage the following manifestations:
Willow Park Dental now offers botulinum injections to release tension in the temporomandibular joint. The procedure can be performed in the dental office and be completed in about 10-20 minutes, depending on the amount administered. Since botulinum injections are a non-surgical treatment, there is no downtime and regular activity can be resumed immediately. The result is up to three months of less jaw pain, fewer headaches, and better quality of life.