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Botox® and Dermal Fillers in Dentistry – Are They Safe For My Dentist To Do?

Finding a Botox® Provider in Lincoln, NE – How Do I Find Best BOTOX provider near me? 

The first question is, “Don’t dermal fillers and Botox® belong in a specialty clinic, for example, with a plastic surgeon or dermatologist?” Plastic surgeons and dermatologists were the first to train and integrate dermal fillers and Botox®. And, because they initially trained and integrated these therapies they were made “specialty” procedures.

Currently, other physicians, including ophthalmologists, OB/GYNs, internists, gastroenterologists, physician assistants, estheticians (that may or may not have any medical background), registered nurses, and even foot doctors (podiatrists) are performing both dermal fillers and Botox®.

But, if you think about it, dentists are true facial “specialists” – much more so than any other healthcare provider. Dentists have had extensive training regarding facial structure and anatomy. A physician’s assistant (PA) or registered nurse (RN) can generally have independent practices outside a physician’s clinic or office. Thus, sclerotherapy, dermal fillers, Botox®, mesotherapy, laser, chemical microdermabrasion, etc., can be done without a physician present. 

Even within specialty clinics such as plastic surgical offices and dermatology offices, registered nurses and physician assistants are the primary providers of both dermal fillers and Botox®. You will often find that training for dermal fillers and Botox® are entirely on the job. There are no additional specialty training courses in the pharmacology of the products, physiology, facial anatomy, and potential adverse effects. These providers typically learn how to perform these procedures by watching others.

On the other hand, a dentist’s training in the maxillofacial and oral areas is extensive. In fact, dental training is far more involved than just about any other healthcare professional. Often, it has been said that these procedures are best left to physicians. The reality is that most physicians including general plastic surgeons, dermatologists, ophthalmologists, OB/GYNs do not even know the face and its anatomy in comparison to a general dentist.

Dentists have pervasive knowledge of the face and are more familiar with complications that could arise compared to other healthcare providers. In short, dentists do many more invasive procedures in the facial areas than all other medical professionals combined. The face is where dentists live –  every day.

Although dermal fillers and Botox® are foreign to some dental providers, it is vital to remember that dental implants, at one time, were also unfamiliar to dentists. So, let’s learn how dermal fillers and Botox® can help in the world of dentistry!

Botox® In Dentistry – Is It Gaining Popularity?

Botox®, at one point, was only approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for specific procedures: involuntary tight closure of the eyelids and strabismus, which is an abnormal alignment of the eyes and blepharospasm, which is an involuntary movement of the lower or upper eyelid.

Intrigued, the medical community continued to research Botox®; thus, bringing about numerous advancements. There are eight different forms of the botulinum toxin, which have all been tested and researched continuously. And now, Botox® is showing promising results in the dental community.

Because Botox® is minimally invasive, it has become an excellent tool for various dental treatments. Botox® has been shown to help with the management of muscle generated dental diseases such as teeth grinding (bruxism), masseter hypertrophy (enlargement of jaw muscles), clenching, TMJ (temporomandibular disorders). In addition, it has been used to treat aesthetic or functional dental conditions such as nasolabial folds (smile lines), high lip lines, black triangles between teeth, and radial lip lines.

Botox® in Lincoln, NE can be used by a dentist who is adequately trained for the following concerns:

  • Edentulous Bites (those with no teeth) – Dentures don’t always fit well, and in these situations, Botox® can help relax and retrain muscles around new dentures, thus making the transition more successful.
  • Lip Lines that are High – Botox® can help relax lip muscles, thus giving the patient a more aesthetically pleasing smile line. The process is not highly invasive and offers immediate treatment.
  • TMJ (Temporomandibular Joint Disorder) – TMJ disorders have been known to cause severe pain due to hyperactivity of the muscles. Botox®, however, can aid in relaxing these muscles, ultimately, offering effective and quick pain relief.
  • Teeth Grinding – Bruxism, also known as teeth grinding, can be helped with Botox®. Botox® can help minimize the force of muscular contractions. Botox® along with a nightguard can be an effective treatment.

Commonly Myths About  Botox®

With all the proven medical uses and good that surrounds Botox® and dermal fillers, there still seems to be some uncertainty. As with almost any kind of medical procedure or treatment that exists today, there are fabrications of “stories” or myths that circulate. Here are some of the most common Botox® myths:

  • Causes “frozen face” – Many people believe Botox® injections will make them lose their ability to make facial expressions. False. Botox® treatment actually relaxes muscles directly at the injection point. As long as you are receiving Botox® treatment from a knowledgeable provider,, you should not experience the loss of any facial expressions.
  • Only effective for removing lines – In short, Botox® has many more uses than removing lines or eliminating wrinkles on the face. In addition to the dental and eye benefits of Botox®, there are plenty of additional medical uses. Other medical uses include migraine treatment,  treating TMJ, neck and back pain, and hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating).
  • Injections are painful – Using the term “injection” can instill fear in many. Do know, however, that Botox® patients have compared the injection to that of a slight pinch-if they even feel anything at all. To keep patients comfortable during administration, a topical anesthetic made specifically for Botox® injections can be used if necessary. No additional anesthetic is needed, and the pain levels are minimal should you have any at all.
  • Wrinkles will worsen after injections are stopped – A common misconception that once a person starts Botox® treatment and then stops, their wrinkles will get worse. Botox® does not exacerbate wrinkle formation. Instead, wrinkles will return to their initial look-and will appear as they did before receiving Botox® injections.
  • Treatments are harmful – It should be clear that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would not approve something dangerous or toxic. Botox® has more than 20 years of use for several conditions. In addition, Botox® has a well-established history of being completely safe. If you’re still concerned, consider this: you would need a dose of more than 100 times the average cosmetic Botox® dose to be toxic.

All in all, it is critical to know that the myths listed above are strictly myths. Botox® has been proven safe and effective and is FDA approved for the treatment of many medical conditions.

Adverse Reactions Discussed by Our Botox® Provider Near Me in Lincoln, NE

The long-term safety of Botox® has been very well established with millions of injections done each year. Botox® treatments are among the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures in the United States.

In regards to dermal fillers, the most common filler used today is hyaluronic acid. As stated earlier, hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance within the body. When the effects of dermal fillers (or Botox®) are gone, they are gone entirely. Neither Botox® or dermal fillers have an after effects or leave any residual residue.

As far as adverse reactions, far more of them occur with local anesthetics. Local anesthetic reactions can have tremendous effects on the nervous, muscular,  and cardiovascular systems. Dentists are extremely knowledgeable about local anesthetics and have had the proper training in handling any complications; thus, once a dentist has been adequately trained in dermal fillers and Botox®, there should be no concern.

Botox® in Lincoln, NE – Who is the “best” Botox® provider near me?

Everyone has different qualities that define “best,” which means that you will likely have to do some homework to ensure a quality provider. Referrals from those you know are great, but in this case, do look online. Use Google to search for the provider by name. Look for online reviews (or even complaints), and check background and education information, thus ensuring they have had the proper training. Someone else’s definition of “best” might not be the same as your definition of “best.”

Conclusion:

Botox and dermal fillers have added so much to the world of dentistry. In addition to providing superior results for esthetic procedures, Botox® has also been able to offer effective treatment for concerns such as bruxism and TMJ, when other therapies have failed. Our Botox® providers in Lincoln, NE are confident that Botox® can help you, too. If you would like to know more about Botox®, talk with our dentist in Lincoln, NE, today. We look forward to meeting you!

Q and As about BOTOX Treatment

Answered by Dr. Christine Bergman
South Lincoln Family Dentistry

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