BOTOX® & Dermal Fillers - Philadelphia, PA
Look and Feel Your Best
with Minimally Invasive Treatment
Ease Your Pain and Rejuvenate Your Facial Aesthetics
Although many people think of BOTOXâ primarily as a cosmetic treatment to treat facial lines and wrinkles, botulinum toxin has a long history of therapeutic use for several different medical conditions. In more recent years, BOTOX has been increasingly used in dentistry to treat the painful oral health condition temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder. In 2013, The Dental Quality Assurance Commission affirmed the ability of general dentists to use both BOTOX and dermal fillers to treat functional or aesthetic dental conditions and their direct aesthetic consequences, as long as the treating dentist has appropriate, verifiable training and experience. At Center One Dental Associates, we offer BOTOX in Philadelphia, PA to help patients struggling with painful symptoms of TMJ disorder that haven’t responded to more conservative treatment methods. We also work with a nurse who offers dermal fillers to add volume to areas around your mouth, including nasolabial folds, marionette lines, and lips for enhanced facial aesthetics that complement restored smiles.
Cosmetic and Therapeutic BOTOX Uses
- Facial and neck wrinkles
- Frown lines
- Forehead wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Gummy smiles
- Body hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating)
- Retraining muscles for new full mouth restorations
- Bruxism (tooth clenching/grinding)
- TMJ disorder
What Is BOTOX and How Does It Work?
BOTOX is a purified protein derived from botulinum toxin that blocks transmitters between the motor nerves that innervate your facial muscles. TMJ disorder is conventionally treated with intraoral appliances, behavioral therapy, occlusal adjustments, dental restoration, and/or surgery. Studies have shown that BOTOX injections can decrease clicks and other TMJ-related disorders such as pain, hyperactivity or hypermobility, and limited jaw mobility. It’s important to keep in mind BOTOX isn’t a cure for TMJ disorder and treatment must be repeated every few months to maintain its therapeutic effects. Although BOTOX is FDA-approved to treat several different medical conditions and for cosmetic use, its use to treat TMJ is off-label. The FDA has yet to approve it to treat TMJ because they have determined additional research needs to be done. Rest assured, our dentist Dr. William Kessler has the skills and advanced training to safely administer BOTOX in Philadelphia, PA to patients with TMJ
What to Expect When You Get Dermal Fillers
Given the ever-growing number of available fillers, it can feel overwhelming to choose the right one. With firsthand experience and expertise, our nurse will help you select the best dermal filler in Philadelphia, PA to meet your unique beauty needs and budget. Dermal fillers last for varying amounts of time, but generally last six months to two years, depending on the product. The cost of a facial filler is associated with the amount of time the product lasts. When you receive your dermal filler at Center One Dental Associates, the filler is injected into the area of skin you wish to correct. Although most patients tolerate this treatment with minimal to no adverse side effects, temporary swelling, redness, bruising and pain at the injection site can occur. Even so, you should be able to resume normal activities immediately after the outpatient procedure.
What are Dermal Fillers and How Do They Work?
Dermal fillers are one of the most popular nonsurgical options to remedy aging skin problems. Also known as soft tissue face fillers or injectables, dermal fillers in Philadelphia, PA is an effective method for reducing wrinkles and augmenting your chin and cheeks. The majority of fillers utilize hyaluronic acid as their base, a naturally occurring substance that helps bind water to cells. Hyaluronic acid provides excellent lifting capacity, making it an optimal choice for restoring volume in the cheeks and midface. Current brands include Radiesse®, Juvederm®, Belotero®, and Restylane®. Juvederm and Restylane offer different product lines, each of which has specific applications and benefits. In general terms, dermal fillers are a viable, minimally-invasive treatment for
- Filling in fine lines, deep creases, and wrinkles
- Improving imperfections (g., scars)
- Filling out wrinkled or thin lips
- Contouring the jawline and other facial areas
- Plumping up cheeks