Q: WHAT ARE DERMAL FILLERS?
A: Dermal fillers will volumize creases and folds in the face in areas that have lost fat and collagen as we age. After age 30, we all lose approximately 1% of hyaluronic acid from our bodies. Hyaluronic acid is the natural filler substance in your body. The face starts to lack volume and appears aged with deeper nasolabial folds, unaesthetic marionette lines, a deeper mentalis fold, the lips start to thin, and turning down the corners of the lips. Hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are then injected extraorally right underneath these folds to replace the volume lost which creates a younger look in the face. Dermal fillers can be used for high lip line cases, asymmetrical lips around the mouth, lip augmentation, and completing therapeutic Aesthetics dentistry cases by creating a beautiful, young-looking frame around the teeth. The effect of dermal fillers typically last anywhere from 6 to 12 months at which point the procedure needs to be repeated. Both Botox and dermal fillers are procedures that take anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes.
There is one huge advantage dentists have in delivering dermal fillers over any other healthcare professional. Most physicians and nurses use topical anesthetics and ice on the skin to numb the patient. Some actually learn how to give dental anesthesia but very few are proficient at it. As you may imagine, this will be a painful procedure when done this way. Indeed, this is the reason that many patients prefer dentists to deliver dermal fillers.
BOTOX FOR HEADACHE THERAPY
We are using Trigger Point Injections, Botox, and mouth guards to treat headaches and severe grinding. These treatments are used to relax the muscle that causes the problem. There are people who suffer from Bruxism. It is caused by excessive grinding and/or clenching of teeth. It can be mild and not require treatment. It can become frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, and damaged teeth.
One of the ways a dentist can help manage the detrimental effects of this condition is by fabricating a custom mouth appliance for patients. In certain cases, this alone cannot provide adequate relief, as the headaches associated with more severe "bruxers" can become chronic and very painful. Therapeutic injections targeting certain muscle groups relating to jaw movements. By performing a proper screening and evaluation, patients who may be a candidate for Botox Therapeutics, our practice is able to provide this treatment.
Contact us for more information about Botox for Headache Therapy.