Facial Esthetics have a very influential role in dentistry. It’s usage in dentistry is growing rapidly; studies have shown patients who received facial esthetic injections experienced significant improvement in pain, function, ability to open their mouth and levels of tenderness to palpation. The most common forms of facial esthetics are Botox and Dermal Fillers.
Botox is an FDA approved purified protein which is injected into targeted muscles and temporarily blocks nerve signals that cause muscle movements, essentially relaxing the muscle. This reduces or eliminates the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dermal Fillers are smooth injectable gels made from naturally occurring hyaluronic acid. Dermal fillers add volume to areas that have lost their collagen structures, essentially restoring your face to a more natural and youthful appearance.
While facial esthetics can treat cosmetic concerns, it can also assist in treatment of the below issues:
Migraines – a common type of headache that may have a variety of symptoms including nausea, vomiting, sensitivity to light and sound. In many people, a throbbing pain is isolated to one side of the head. Some patients suffering from migraines have warning symptoms, known as auras, before the actual headache begins.
Trigger Points – defined as hyper-irritable points in the skeletal muscle that are associated with palpable nodules in taut bands of muscle fiber. Myalgia trigger points will have no referral of pain, meaning the site and source of pain are the same. Myofascial pain will have a pain referral to another location, the site and source of pain are different. Trigger points occur at various sites in the head and neck.
TMJ – TMJ, TMD, and Myofascial pain refer to different pathologies affecting the masticatory muscles, temporomandibular joint (TMJ) and related facial structures. TMJ pain is often the result of issues with the joint and/or surrounding muscles including, but not limited to, grinding/clenching of teeth, stress in facial muscles, dislocation of the disc, arthritis or trauma to the jaw.
Bruxism – a dental condition in which a person grinds or clenches their teeth together. Often a person suffering from bruxism is unaware as they may unconsciously clench their teeth together during the day or grind them at night, which is called sleep bruxism. In some cases, it can be frequent and severe enough to lead to jaw disorders, headaches, damaged teeth and other head and neck problems
To learn more about how Facial Esthetics can enhance YOUR dental visits, call our office today!