Aesthetics Specialist

Edgewater Dental Group

General Dentistry & Implant Dentistry located in Edgewater, Chicago, IL

Botox® is one of the leading FDA-approved cosmetic fillers, but it can also be used for the treatment of dental problems. There are many different reasons that patients choose to receive Botox treatments, such as treating severe conditions such as TMJ and chronic migraines. The skilled dental team at Edgewater Dental Group offers Botox and dermal fillers to patients in Chicago, Edgewater, Rodgers Park, and Andersonville, Illinois. Call the office today or book an appointment online.

Aesthetics Q & A

What is Botox?

Botox is an FDA-approved medication used by a healthcare professional for the temporary treatment of patients for cosmetic purposes such as relieving fine lines and wrinkles and also for the treatment of dental issues such as TMJ. Patients should be between the ages of 18 and 65. Botox treatments are quick and comfortable, and within hours, you will begin to notice a difference in the way your skin looks and feels.

How does Botox work?

The traditional application of Botox uses a special protein to block overactive nerve impulses and restrict muscle contractions. In doing so, Botox helps to relax the muscles beneath the skin, so that fine lines and wrinkles become less visible, giving the skin a healthy, more youthful appearance. Treatment is temporary and depending on each individual case, the results can last from one month to six months.

Botox is also used to relieve symptoms of TMJ, bruxism, headaches, and to provide comfort to patients receiving dental implants. In each case, Botox is used to reduce the amount of stress placed on the teeth and jaw so that patients feel comfortable and confident.

Am I a good candidate for Botox?

Botox is a safe alternative to traditional treatment for those experiencing jaw tension or TMJ disorder. It is important to discuss with your dental care professional your eligibility for treatment. During the consultation, the dental team will conduct a review of your medical history to determine treatment options with Botox. If you’re using other medications or they have allergies, they should be discussed at this time.

People with jaw tension or TMJ disorders who are not able to have Botox injections will be advised to undergo a more traditional treatment. If you feel that you are a good candidate for a Botox treatment, and are interested in learning more, talk to the team at Edgewater Dental Group practice or schedule a consultation. They will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Do dermal fillers work the same way as Botox?

No, dermal fillers are used on a different type of wrinkles called static wrinkles. Static wrinkles form as a result of age, sun damage, genetics, gravity, smoking, and other factors. Like Botox, dermal fillers are injected into the treatment area, but they use gel-like substances to achieve their results, filling in lines and wrinkles so skin appears smoother. Some fillers can also help the skin retain moisture beneath the surface as well as promoting collagen production, so skin continues to look smoother and firmer over time.

Can dermal fillers and Botox both be used at the same time?

Yes, many patients use both cosmetic fillers and Botox to address both dynamic and static wrinkles in different areas of the face.

How long do the results of Botox and cosmetic fillers last?

Botox injections usually need to be repeated every four months or so to maintain results; however, after multiple treatments, lines may become softer so the time between injections can be extended. Filler results can last from one to two years, depending on the type of filler that is used and the area of the face that is being treated. Some filler materials are designed to last indefinitely.