What is BOTOX?
Botulinum Toxin, more commonly known as BOTOX, is a neurotoxin in the form of a purified protein that is injected into one’s facial muscles and blocks neurotransmitters that relax facial muscles. BOTOX is often known for helping smooth out fine lines and wrinkles, but it also is incredibly helpful for patients who are experiencing dental issues including bruxism or TMJ.
When one receives BOTOX, there is no loss of sensory feelings in the muscles, but rather, BOTOX blocks motor nerve endings which means facial muscles do not contract, allowing for wrinkles to smooth out.
Where is BOTOX placed?
Typically, BOTOX is injected near one’s forehead, between the eyes, around the corners of the eyes, around the lips and cheeks, all areas where wrinkles commonly form from muscle use. To treat common dental issues like bruxism or TMJ, BOTOX is injected into the hairline and cheeks as well.
How long does BOTOX last?
After injection, initial BOTOX results take up to 2 to 10 days to notice, and last approximately three to four months (however, this time can vary pending the patient). After that three to four month period, retreatment is advised. In order for BOTOX to be successful, its very important that the patient does not touch their face or manipulate the areas of injection for up to 2 hours post-treatment.
Who is a good candidate for BOTOX?
In addition to its great cosmetic benefits, BOTOX has important clinical uses as an adjunct in facial pain and bruxism cases for patients with chronic TMJ and orofacial pain. BOTOX also helps complement cosmetic dental procedures, and is a solution for patients looking to smooth out wrinkles and fine lines.
Dr. Koplon at Koplon Implant & Family Dentistry is trained and licensed to perform facial cosmetic procedures, including Botox and dermal fillers.