Dental Botox® is a procedure that uses injections of botulinum toxin to temporarily paralyze the facial muscles. This treatment can be used for cosmetic reasons to eliminate gummy smiles or minimize the appearance of wrinkles, as well as for therapeutic purposes to treat bruxism & temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Did You Know?
Dentists can safely and comfortably administer facial injections of Botox®. Despite the fact that dentists are not plastic surgeons, they have an extensive knowledge of facial anatomy which helps them to deliver Botox® injections.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Am I a candidate for dental Botox®?
You may be a candidate for dental Botox® if you are looking to treat jaw pain caused by TMD or bruxism. You may also be a candidate for dental Botox® if you have a gummy smile (high lip line) and/or facial wrinkles that you want to remove. Ideal candidates for dental Botox® are also at least 18 years old, are not pregnant or breastfeeding, and are in good overall health. To determine if you are an ideal candidate for dental Botox®, schedule a consultation with Dr. Dickey of Dickey Dental today!
What can I expect when receiving dental Botox® at Dickey Dental?
When receiving dental Botox® at Dickey Dental, you can expect to first consult with Dr. Dickey to ensure your are a good candidate. Dr. Dickey will then clean the injection sites and use a topical anesthetic to numb the skin. Next, he will use a tiny needle to inject the dental Botox® into the affected area. The total number of injections will depend on your individual treatment plan. In most cases, dental Botox® treatment takes about 30 minutes to complete.
Will I need to follow any special guidelines after my appointment?
You will not need to follow any special guidelines after your appointment, and you can return to your usual routine. However, it is possible to experience some minor soreness, swelling, or bruising around the injection sites. About a week after your appointment, you should start to notice results. These results last several months, then the treatment will need to be repeated.