April 3, 2018
You may think of Botox as purely an agent designed for cosmetic purposes. You may not even be familiar with Botox and are reading about it for the first time! Whatever your circumstance, it might seem strange at first to hear that your dentist uses Botox in Aurora to treat multiple dental issues. “What does Botox have to do with dentistry?” You wonder.
Today, we’ll talking about how Botox can enhance your overall appearance and even treat issues related to temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD) and alleviate chronic migraine headaches!
What is Botox?
Botox is a medication designed to limit or prevent unnecessary muscle movements, typically muscles in your face. You may be familiar with Botox because of its use for reducing the appearance of wrinkles. Wrinkles that commonly appear in between the eyebrows and around the cheeks can be largely reduced by visiting the dentist for injections every three to six months.
When you’re young, the consistent movement of your facial and oral muscles cause wrinkles; these are quickly smoothed away thanks to your face’s natural elasticity. However, as you get older, wrinkle lines cease to smooth out. Botox works by reducing the movement these muscles make, therefore providing patients a smoother face and less wrinkles.
How Can Botox Help Me?
Since your cosmetic dentist in Aurora is already trained to treat oral issues, she’s just as prepared to use Botox in a dentistry setting. Just like how she covers discoloration in teeth as a result of aging with porcelain veneers, she can reduce wrinkles with Botox. However, because your dentist and dental team is specially trained to use Botox, they can also treat symptoms of TMJ and chronic migraine headaches.
According to the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, Botox is great for relieving pain and retraining muscles. In the case of TMD, Botox can be used to treat muscle spasms which cause headaches, earaches, and general facial pain.
These same muscle spasms are also responsible for migraine headaches, a far more intense headache that can last for hours at a time and be severely painful. For some people, Botox injections mean the difference between chronic pain and leading a normal life.
Am I Eligible for Botox in Aurora?
To receive Botox, you’ll need to be at least 18 years old. Typically, patients aged 18 to 65 are the best candidates for Botox. You’ll also need to be healthy enough to receive minor medical procedures and be able to get retreatments regularly. That means if you travel often or can’t make it to the dental office, you may miss out on the benefits Botox provides until your next treatment. Keep in mind the symptoms of TMD and chronic migraines can reappear if you wait too long to get retreatment.
Looking for a solution to your chronic migraines, TMD, or stubborn wrinkles? Schedule an appointment with your dentist today!
About the Author
Dr. Kristina Harvan earned her Doctor of Dental Surgery degree from the University of Colorado School of Dental Medicine. She’s also a mentor for Botox and filler courses taught throughout the U.S. To learn more about her practice or how Botox can help you, contact her at (720) 457-9300 or visit her website.
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