What is Botox in Dentistry?
Botulinum toxin (Botox®, Xeomin) is a manufactured injectable medication used to relax the muscles of the face which cause wrinkles associated with facial expressions. Treatment with botulinum toxin can cause your facial expression lines or wrinkles to be less noticeable or essentially disappear. Areas most frequently treated are frown lines located between the eyes known as “11s”, crow’s feet (lateral areas of the eyes), forehead lines, and radial lip lines (smokers or water bottle lines).
How can Botox help with orofacial pain?
Botulinum toxin can relax the muscles of the face and neck associated with facial pain to help treat conditions such as jaw pain (TMJ disorder), head/neck pain, migraines, tension headaches, and referred pain.
What is the injection process like?
Botox is diluted to a very controlled solution and when injected into the muscles, it is almost painless. Patients may feel a slight burning sensation while the solution is being injected.
How long does the procedure take?
The procedure takes about 15-20 minutes and it generally takes 2-10 days to take full effect. The results can last up to 3 months but with consistent and repeated treatments, the results may last longer.
How much does Botox cost?
The amount of Botox needed is decided through a comprehensive exam and plan determined by your doctor. The amount used is customized to the patient and is individualized based on the patient’s needs and concerns. Cost is best determined at a consultation appointment.
Before deciding on Botox treatment, it is important to make sure that this is the right decision for you. You can schedule a consultation with Dr. Cyr by calling us at 319-553-3085.