Do you experience facial pain not associated with dental disease?
This may result from TMJ dysfunction, clenching and grinding teeth, bruxism, and muscle spasms. Botox injections can relax the muscles of mastication, helping to reduce trigger points, facial pain, headaches, and teeth grinding. Ask Dr. DeLisle about a consultation to determine if botox is right for you.
Patients with crowns, bridges and veneers should consider the benefits of botox, especially if they grind their teeth. By reducing the force of muscle contraction, botox can help to prevent chipping or breaking of porcelain crowns and veneers in patients with strong bites
How does Botox® Work?
Botox® blocks impulses from the nerve to the tiny facial muscles that are related to expression lines. Botox® relaxes the muscles so they do not contract. After treatment, the overlying skin remains smooth and unwrinkled while the untreated facial muscles contract in a normal fashion, allowing normal facial expression to be unaffected.
What are the limitations of Botox® injections?
Unfortunately; Botox® injections are a temporary solution for the treatment of dynamic wrinkles. The effects of the injections last from four to six months. You will need to have injections about two to three times per year. The clinical studies indicate the duration of treatment benefits is increased over time, such that you should require fewer injections as time goes by. Also, the duration of effect varies from patient to patient and may be less effective for those patients greater than 65 years of age.
What is the treatment like?
Cosmetic denervation with Botox® is a simple and safe procedure. Utilizing a tiny micro needle, a very small amount of Botox® is injected, very precisely, into several locations on the face. Because the needle is so fine and only a small amount of liquid is utilized, the pain associated with the injections is minimal. Most patients compare the sensation to a bug bite. No addition of anesthetic is required and you can resume normal activities immediately. You can even drive yourself home or back to the office. Some patients experience a slight, temporary bruising at the injection site. This can be covered with makeup.