Dr. Veisman and our team at Periodontal Specialists are proud to announce the use of BOTOX® in our dental procedures. As we restore your gums and replace your missing teeth, we strive to provide you with every opportunity to maintain and enjoy your beautiful smile. Our extensive training, experience, and expertise in the gum, teeth, and jaw regions surpass that of most general dentists, ensuring skills that deliver superior BOTOX® treatment outcomes.
BOTOX® is a muscle relaxer that is traditionally performed in North America as a cosmetic procedure. It comes in the form of a purified protein and is traditionally injected into facial muscles, causing them to relax rather than contract. Muscle contractions are what cause the lines, or wrinkles, on our faces. In our office, BOTOX® is used for therapeutic purposes, such as easing chronic facial pain and the intensity of muscle contractions. Dr. Veisman also uses BOTOX® to treat TMJ disorders, gummy smiles, lip repositioning, jaw clenching, teeth grinding, and dark spaces between teeth (commonly referred to as “black triangles”).
How does BOTOX® work?
BOTOX® is injected into muscles that tense up, blocking some of the transmitters in the muscles, preventing them from contracting, and essentially, causing them to relax.
BOTOX® for Migraines
Do you have a history of migraines? Do you experience headaches 15 or more days of the month that last at least 4 hours? BOTOX® has been found to significantly reduce discomfort and leave patients pain-free, often cutting the number of headaches in half. BOTOX® blocks chemicals called neurotransmitters that carry pain signals from the brain and acts as a roadblock in the migraine pathway, stopping chemicals before they get to the nerve endings around your head and neck.
We typically give our patients who are suffering from migraines shots of BOTOX® around the head and neck once every 12 weeks. This serves in reducing and sometimes eliminating completely their migraine headaches, results can vary from person to person. For some patients, it can take up to 40 shots (20 on each side of your head) for best results.
BOTOX® for Gummy Smiles
If you suffer from a gummy smile (a cosmetic condition also known as the excessive gingival display) you may feel self-conscious and maybe even embarrassed when you smile. BOTOX® is a non-surgical treatment that is less invasive and more affordable than traditional gummy smile surgeries.
Dr. Veisman injects BOTOX® on each side of your mouth, allowing your facial muscles to relax and your lips to cover more of your gums. As the muscles in your face begin to relax, your smile becomes more aesthetically appealing.
To ensure optimal outcomes, we take care to administer BOTOX® into the proper muscles by having you smile, making the muscles more apparent. We then inject units of BOTOX® into each side of your face, and the quick and easy treatment is done. You may return immediately to your normal activities, and you’ll notice results within a couple of weeks.
BOTOX® for TMJ
TMJ stands for temporomandibular joint and refers to the most persistently used joint in the body—the part of your mouth that acts as a hinge, attaching your jawbone to your skull. This joint is responsible for the movement of the lower jaw, and when its muscles and joints are not working in tandem as they were designed to do, problems leading to pain and functional impairment result.
The first step in treating a TMJ problem is determining the possible source of the pain and what factors may be contributing to the affected area. This may sound complex, but we have a variety of cutting-edge tools at hand, including advanced imaging techniques, to accurately diagnose and treat your TMJ pain. Promising new research is suggesting that Botulinum Toxin A (BOTOX®) may be a helpful aid in the management of TMJ issues.
BOTOX® temporarily prevents muscle contraction, which can help with easing pain caused by overactive muscles in and around the jaw. For the management of a TMJ disorder, BOTOX® is injected into several muscle groups that are involved in moving the jaw. To date, over 24 studies have evaluated the use of BOTOX® for patients suffering from TMJ pain. Regardless of the dose of the medication or the number of injections, studies have shown a decrease in pain, muscle hyperactivity, and muscle dysfunction. We believe that BOTOX® can be a helpful aid in the management of TMJ problems.
The needles we use to administer BOTOX® are tiny, but we understand the fear and anxiety that injections can cause in some of our patients, and we don’t want that to deter you from getting the treatment you need. So, we offer a variety of sedation options that eliminate any pain that might be present during a procedure. We use conscious sedation anesthesia to calm your nerves and help you relax and be comfortable while we restore your smile.
Our structured referral plan defines, in advance, the working relationship between your dentists and us. It ensures you have treatment options that make the best of your situation and excellent continuity of care.
We put as much emphasis on your comfort as we do on your dental care. Our PerioAsleep™ program allows you to sleep through your treatment.