Treat Wrinkles with Botox® at Fort McMurray Dentist Offices
If you’re concerned about the appearance of laugh lines around your mouth, crow’s feet around your eyes and the beginnings of other lines and creases on your face, Botox® may help prevent these from becoming deep wrinkles.
Fast Facts about Botox® from Uptown Fort McMurray Dental
You have lots of options to keep your smile looking young and attractive. Please visit us, tell us your concerns and ask us your questions! We are happy to give you the information you need to decide whether Botox® treatment is right for you.
What is Botox®?
Botox® is a processed and purified serum made from the botulinum toxin. In its natural form, this toxin is a neurotoxin that can do serious harm to the body. In its purified form, it impedes functionality of the neurotransmitters responsible for muscles to contract.
Botox® temporarily stops the nerve’s ability to communicate with the brain when injected into a problem area. Botox® is typically used to decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles of the face, when chronic muscle contractions combined with age-related loss of collagen begin to pull on the skin.
Botox® treatments are now being used to treat a spectrum of muscle tension-related ailments. Migraine sufferers benefit from the decrease in tension in the muscles of the face and neck, those suffering severe sweating see their sweat glands reduce their output, and those suffering from nighttime dental grinding and clenching often find their symptoms reduce significantly when muscles can’t chronically contract.
Without Botox®, patients who grind or clench their teeth at night may find themselves waking in the morning feeling like they had insufficient rest, have a tight jaw, sore temples and headaches that extend down the neck and into the shoulders. Dentists often identify a clenching and grinding problem visually before the patient identifies it as a concern. This is due to physical changes in the mouth which can be visually observed, such as micro-fracturing of enamel, receding or split gums and uneven wear of the teeth themselves.
In the case of clenching and grinding, Botox® may be just one part of a complete treatment plan that could involve medication, relaxation techniques, and a night guard.
Botox® is now approved for use in spinal injuries, eye lid twitch and even spasms which occur after a stroke. Dentists and doctors both offer Botox® injections, but your dentist will typically use Botox® to correct face and jaw-related issues while a doctor may utilize it in a broader context.
How Is Botox® Administered?
Dentists and doctors use a very fine needle to deposit the serum just beneath the surface of the skin in your problem areas. This feels like a pinch and the number of injections required depends upon the issue being treated. You may find some slight bruising at the injection site which should resolve in a matter of days.
After receiving your injection, there is no downtime – you can get back to life as normal as you wait up to two weeks for the treatment to take full effect. Effects typically last 3-4 months before injections are, once again, required.
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Why Should I See a Dentist for Injections?
Depending upon your symptoms, you may be eligible to have your treatment injected by either a trained family doctor or a dentist. While both may provide the same service, Botox ® relies on accuracy to be effective. Dentists are uniquely qualified to offer Botox treatments in the face and jaw due to their expert-level understanding of the anatomy of the face and jaw.
What Will I Look Like?
Unlike other cosmetic injections which can be used to enhance the size and appearance of the brows or lips, Botox® acts on the nerves of the face to offer muscles reprieve from overactivity. Your dentist will apply just enough Botox® to provide relief from muscle tension, leaving your appearance looking natural.
If you are interested in exploring whether Botox® is right for you, book an appointment with your dentist to discuss your concerns. Your dentist will inform you of the possibilities and whether you are a candidate for treatment. Patients who are pregnant or breastfeeding may be encouraged to wait and have the treatment at a later time. If you are acutely ill when you intend to have your Botox® injections, your dentist will ask you to refrain from the treatment until you are feeling well again and able to enter a public space without fear of transmitting a cold/virus.
Does insurance cover Botox® treatment?
While Botox® for wrinkles, crows feet, laugh lines and frown lines are likely to be considered cosmetic treatments, migraine and teeth grinding treatment is a therapeutic treatment which may be covered by your insurance company.
We will be happy to discuss what your personal insurance covers with you at the office.
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