Botox in Erlanger
A More Youthful-Looking You
The smile of your dreams may not look so dreamy against the backdrop of the creases and folds in your skin. If you’re bothered by the lines and wrinkles forming on your forehead and around your eyes and mouth, your northern Kentucky dentist can do something about it. Yes, not only can Dr. Sand Wall beautify your smile, but she can also make your face appear years younger with one simple procedure. Botox is a treatment that blocks the movements of certain facial muscles so that they relax, smoothing out and softening the appearance of wrinkles.
Treating TMJ Dysfunction with Botox
TMJ dysfunction is a condition affecting the temporomandibular joints, which are the joints on either side of the face that connect the lower jaw to the skull. Often caused by stress, muscle tension, and teeth grinding, TMJ dysfunction is characterized by an imbalance or strain on the jaw joints, which can lead to headaches, earaches, and other chronic pain. When Botox is administered to specific muscles, it relaxes them so that they cannot engage in the involuntary movements that cause teeth grinding and clenching. Botox can offer relief for patients whose TMJ dysfunction is not alleviated with traditional splint or nightguard therapies.
The Botox Procedure
Your Erlanger cosmetic dentist will inject the medication in precise locations to either smooth out wrinkles or relieve the muscle tension surrounding your TMJs. The procedure takes just minutes, but the medication may not take full effect until a few days later. Avoid alcohol for a week before the procedure, and do not take anti-inflammatory medications or aspirin for two weeks before the procedure. These precautions can help you avoid excessive bruising. Botox generally lasts about three months, so you will need to return to Dr. Sand Wall’s office for retreatment when the effects wear off.
For personalized general and cosmetic dental care in northern Kentucky, contact Dr. Darlene Sand Wall today to schedule an appointment. Located in Erlanger, we serve patients from all surrounding areas, including Cincinnati, Crestview Hills, Edgewood, Fort Mitchell, Florence, Union, Independence, and Taylor Mill.