BOTOX® - Portland, OR
All About BOTOX®
In the media, BOTOX® receives a lot of attention because of how often celebrities use it to lessen the appearance of facial wrinkles, but that is just the beginning of the benefits it offers. At Advanced Dental Arts NW, BOTOX® serves a higher purpose—fast pain relief for those suffering from TMD. In addition to turning back the clock for someone’s face, we can also give them a level of comfort and ease they didn’t think was possible.
BOTOX® for TMJ Pain
Most of the pain that people associate with TMJ is, in fact, due to overworked muscles in the jaw and face. And while the overworked muscles are very often caused by a not-so-ideal bite, BOTOX® can relieve the associated pain, almost instantly.
BOTOX® is used to relax the muscles of chewing so they are not as active and do not build up more lactic acid than the body can comfortably deal with. Also, the muscles thin out as they relax, and the jawline jowls shrink back to normal. Teeth grinding slows or stops altogether, teeth become less sensitive, ice water sensitivity may diminish, and the entire body feels better. It is like a miracle!
How We Use BOTOX®
At Advanced Dental Arts NW, we will often use BOTOX® to help us diagnose the cause of someone’s TMJ pain. It allows us to determine with great accuracy that the muscles are in fact the reason for a patient’s TMJ pain because it stops when the muscles are relaxed. Then, we have procedures to help that pain relief become long-term, but that is a whole different treatment process (see "Disclusion Time Reduction," or "DTR" on our website).
BOTOX® for Wrinkles
Of course, no conversation about BOTOX® would be complete without mentioning the “youth-enizing” effects it offers. In addition to pain relief, it also offers a quick and comfortable way to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles.
The wrinkles in your forehead (when you are surprised!), at the bridge of your nose (when you frown), and around the sides of your eyes (“crow’s feet”) are created by the underlying muscles contracting, causing the skin to fold upon itself--like a shower curtain gathering on the rod. If we relax the muscle with BOTOX® and decrease the contraction, we can remove the wrinkling. And TA-DA, you have a more youthful and relaxed appearance right before your very eyes!
Is BOTOX® Right For You?
Whether you’re talking about pain relief or wrinkle reduction, BOTOX® can be refreshed as frequently as you would like, as many times as you would like, without the diminishment of its effectiveness.
In summation, BOTOX® can be used to determine if your facial pain is due to muscles or bad joints, it can almost immediately relieve this pain, plus it can smooth out facial wrinkles and thin the lower part of the face. All are very valid uses of this material, and we offer each of them here as part of our menu of comprehensive care.
We are happy to discuss in person all your questions and concerns. Just give us a call at 503-235-0555 or request an appointment online to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation introductory meeting.