BOTOX® - Macon, GA

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BOTOX® is a purified protein derived from botulinum toxin that blocks transmitters between the motor nerves innervating various muscles. Because BOTOX injections cause muscles to relax, this treatment works well for tense facial and jaw muscles or undesirable facial lines. The dental industry has increasingly relied on BOTOX for a variety of cosmetic and functional uses. Dentists are skilled at assessing the balance and overall esthetics of the face, and have extensive training in the anatomy of the head and neck. From painful temporomandibular joint (TMJ) disorder and poorly fitting dentures to facial lines, BOTOX in Macon, GA has helped our patients achieve desired results. BOTOX is an FDA-approved application for a variety of cosmetic procedures, which means it has been thoroughly tested and deemed safe and non-toxic when properly administered by trained professionals.

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The Benefits of BOTOX in Dentistry

The Myths and Truths About BOTOX

Perhaps you haven’t considered BOTOX because you read somewhere that it causes tight, stretched or awkwardly frozen facial features. You may have also heard that BOTOX injections are painful, potentially toxic or cause visible lines to worsen after the effects of the injection wear off. When administered by a trained clinician, BOTOX is a conservative, nonsurgical, reversible, minimally invasive and effective treatment and largely pain-free, especially with the use of topical numbing agents. Whether you’re suffering from painful TMJ disorder, unattractive facial lines or bruxism, BOTOX may be the right solution for you; however, it is important to understand the potential side effects and have realistic expectations regarding treatment. Common side effects of BOTOX include dry mouth, discomfort or pain at the injection site, rash, tiredness, headache, neck pain and eye problems. The cosmetic effects of BOTOX last about three to six months, while the therapeutic effects generally last two to three months. Retreatment is required to maintain and support the benefits of BOTOX.
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BOTOX for Cosmetic Uses

Repeated muscle contractions from frowning, squinting or raising your eyebrows eventually cause pronounced lines around your mouth, eyes and forehead. In April 2002, the FDA approved BOTOX® as a temporary esthetic treatment for moderate to severe frown lines in adults, and the parent company Allergan branded it BOTOX® Cosmetic to distinguish it from therapeutic applications. BOTOX® Cosmetic is the first and only treatment FDA-approved to temporarily reduce the appearance of moderate to severe frown lines, crow’s feet and forehead lines in adults. Treatment requires minimal downtime, so you can return to your daily routine immediately after you leave our office. Although you may notice subtle changes in moderate to severe frown lines within 24 to 48 hours, it takes about one month to experience full results.

BOTOX® for Therapeutic Uses

Bruxism can lead to severe headaches, ear pain and a sore jaw, and it can wear down your teeth and cause dental cracks. Although mouth guards are commonly used to treat bruxism, BOTOX® Therapeutic is effective at relaxing specific muscles and relieving a number of bruxism-related symptoms. While it’s still a relatively new treatment option for TMJ, BOTOX Therapeutic has been increasingly used by dentists to ease symptoms associated with dysfunctional facial muscles and jaw joints. A growing body of evidence shows the efficacy for treating both bruxism and TMJ, however treatment is considered “off-label” for both of these conditions because it has yet to be approved by the FDA.
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The Clinical Expertise to Deliver Optimal Outcomes

Of course, the effectiveness of cosmetic and therapeutic BOTOX applications depends on the experience of the dental professionals applying these treatments. When administered by a skilled dentist like Dr. John Kuo, who has advanced knowledge of the oral and maxillofacial areas, BOTOX injections are safe and effective. Dr. Kuo has training in oral surgery, is a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics, and has a successful track record administering BOTOX to patients for both functional and esthetic purposes. Many patients seeking cosmetic dentistry in Macon, GA ask for BOTOX to complement other esthetic procedures, such as teeth whitening and smile makeovers.

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