Botox & Fillers
As a general dentist who wants to help his patients look and feel their absolute best, Dr. Raj Patel knows that a patient’s oral concerns don’t always end with their teeth and gums. Sometimes, addressing other facial aesthetic issues can greatly enhance the results of cosmetic dental treatments.
At Sunrise Emergency & Family Dental Care, Dr. Raj Patel provides a complete menu of cosmetic dentistry services, including Botox® and Juvéderm® injections to patients. If you’d like to learn more, call the office or book your appointment online today.
Botox & Juvederm Q & A
What is Botox?
Botulinum toxin (type A), commonly known as Botox, is a natural, purified protein that’s used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines. As a neurotoxin, Botox works by blocking the nerve signals that cause your facial muscles to contract, leaving your skin looking naturally smoother.
Dr. Raj Patel uses tiny needles to inject small doses of the protein at specific points in your facial anatomy to relax your muscles and help diminish the appearance of the deep wrinkles caused by your everyday facial expressions. The treatment is usually requested following other cosmetic dental procedures, as a final step in facial aesthetic restoration.
What can I expect from Botox treatment?
As a general dentist who is certified to administer Botox and fillers, Dr. Raj Patel is highly qualified to perform Botox and Juvéderm treatments:
After discussing your cosmetic goals and developing a treatment plan, Dr. Raj Patel prepares the injections and let you know exactly what you can expect during the procedure. Botox injections are relatively painless, and most patients get the results they’re after with a few precisely placed injections. The entire procedure takes about 10 minutes, and results last as long as six months.
How can Botox treat dental issues?
TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint) disorders are a common cause of jaw pain. The temporomandibular joint connects your jaw to the temporal bones of the skull, allowing it to move vertically and laterally. It’s used for chewing, speaking and yawning, among many other things.
TMJ Disorders (TMD) occur when this joint is strained or out of place. This can be caused by excessive muscle tension, grinding or clenching of teeth, or even an impact injury. Common symptoms include clicking and jaw pain, severe headaches, and a difficulty opening and closing the mouth. Botox can treat TMJ disorders by relieving jaw tension, and mitigating muscle spasms. This allows the jaw to relax, and provides relief from TMD pain.
Bruxism & Teeth Clenching
Botox works by preventing the contraction of muscle cells. In essence, it “relaxes” the muscles of the face and jaw. This makes Botox extremely useful when treating issues like bruxism and other clenching disorders. Bruxism, or “teeth grinding”, is extremely common. It’s estimated that around 8% of all adults grind their teeth at night. Untreated, bruxism can lead to excessive tooth wear, tooth pain, and permanent oral damage. Botox can be used to help treat bruxism and other clenching disorders by relaxing the muscles of the jaw and face. This provides relief from tooth pain, headaches, and other common issues associated with bruxism.
Whether you need Botox to treat one of the above conditions, or require other cosmetic dentistry services for a smile makeover, Sunrise Emergency & Family Dental Care is here for you.
What are dermal fillers?
Dermal fillers are designed to address the many facial changes brought on by aging, including facial deflation and thinning lips. These minimally-invasive injectable cosmetic products are made with collagen, hyaluronic acid, and other beneficial substances that help rejuvenate facial skin and add facial volume.
Dermal fillers are a safe and effective way to temporarily reduce the appearance of deep lines around your mouth, change the contour of your jawline, subtly flesh out your cheeks, or enhance your lips.
Dr. Raj Patel uses Juvéderm products, a leading collection of hyaluronic acid fillers that are designed to instantly and subtly add volume to various areas of your face, including your cheeks and lips.
What can I expect from treatment with dermal fillers?
With excellent results, few risks or side effects, and no downtime, it’s not surprising that dermal fillers are one of the most commonly requested facial aesthetic treatments.
Dr. Raj Patel administers dermal fillers through tiny facial injections, which are generally considered painless. The average session lasts 10-20 minutes, with immediate results that may last anywhere from six to twelve months, depending on the product.