Although Botox has gained notoriety for its cosmetic effects, It also has its place in dentistry. Botox works by temporarily causing paralysis of muscles that it is injected into. As a result, these muscles cannot activate. Their success in a cosmetic formula is that it can paralyze the muscle that cause frown lines and depressor muscle of the brow. This leaves the elevator muscles, the antagonists of the depressor muscles to lift the bow and give the individual a fresher more rested appearance.Dr. menendez has been trained in the proper mixing and administration of Botox Cosmetic.
In addition, Botox has proven useful for more difficult cases of clenching and or bruxism. Like any other muscle, if it is under a constant workout, it will develop and grow and in the case of the muscles of mastication, will cause severe wear and tear on the dentition. As with all dental procedures, planning is essential. In the case of TMJ cases, simple reversible orthotic therapy is the first choice to ameliorate any bruxing or clenching issues. In the most difficult cases, where muscle activation continue with the use of an orthotic device, Botox can be used to reduce muscle activity and get a jump start on the efficay of the orthotic device.
Dr. Menendez has also be trained in the placement of facial fillers such as Juvederm and Restalyne. These are used in conjunction with reconstructive dentistry to reduce lines and tissue loss as result of dental issues Should you have any questions regarding Botox or Facial Fillers, don’t hesitate to call us and schedule a consultation.