Botox® as an Alternative Treatment for TMJ

Temporomandibular joint disorders (TMJD or TMJ), are notoriously difficult to diagnose and treat. Many of the related symptoms, such as headaches and earaches, often lead doctors to diagnose a sinus condition, as opposed to a problem with the jaw joint. TMJ symptoms often change in severity, depending on how much stress the sufferer is experiencing. During an intensely stressful period, grinding teeth, debilitating earaches, and lockjaw may occur. Botox® injections are sometimes an effective and painless way to alleviate tension in the temporomandibular joint, reducing jaw pain, headaches, and suffering.

Botox® is commonly associated with cosmetic practices, including eliminating glabellar lines and facial wrinkles. Recently however, Botox® has become an increasingly popular TMJ treatment. Although some TMJ symptoms may improve without any specific treatment, Botox® offers fast and long-lasting relief for those that do not.

Here are several of the major benefits Botox® offers TMJ sufferers:

How does Botox® work?

The temporomandibular joint is located on both sides of the head where the skull adjoins the jawbone. This joint is constantly being used for a variety of daily activities, such as chewing, biting, speaking and swallowing. The most prominent causes of TMJ are jaw displacement and stress-related involuntary jaw movements. Botox® expediently alleviates temporomandibular tension by relaxing the jaw muscles, thus preventing unconscious jaw movement and ending grinding-related headaches.

One of the major advantages of Botox® is that normal functions such as speaking, swallowing and biting are left unaffected. The only major change is the reduction in pain and discomfort. In addition, controlling TMJ can also prevent serious dental problems from occurring later. TMJ, if left untreated, can contribute to tooth decay, gum disease and the loosening of teeth.

What’s involved when getting Botox® injections?

Prior to administering Botox® injections, the dentist needs to check the patient’s suitability for treatment. When used in conjunction with certain medications and substances, Botox® may not produce the desired results. It is exceptionally important therefore, to be honest about prior medical history. Botox® is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women.

The Botox® injections take 10-20 minutes to administer, depending on the amount required. Because it is non-surgical, the Botox® procedure will be performed at the dental office. Driving ability will not be impaired by the treatment, so there is no need for a designated driver. The injections are no more painful than a bug bite or pinprick, but nitrous oxide (laughing gas) can be used to reduce anxiety if necessary.

Normal activity can be resumed immediately after the Botox® treatment, but strenuous activity should be avoided for 24 hours after treatment. It may take several days to feel the full benefits of the treatment, but Botox® will continue to work for up to 3 months.

If you have any questions or concerns about TMJ or Botox® treatment, please contact our office.

Dr. Kimberly Hubenette DDS, fellow of American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, has been placing BOTOX® for the past 8 years.

Her Conservative methods and precise attention to detail ensures the best result for all esthetic and Therapeutic BOTOX(R), XEOMIN, therapeutics.

All these signs of emotion can leave you looking older than your years – but thanks to today’s technology, we can significantly reduce their appearance on your face. With the right Botox® treatment in the discreet setting of our office, you will be able to see a visible improvement to the wrinkles on your face, TMJ, Migraines, Chronic Daily Headaches, and thickened facial muscles from clenching habits – and depending on your body, you will have smoother skin for up to four months.

What Is Juvéderm?

JUVÉDERM® is a smooth consistency gel made of hyaluronic acid: a naturally occurring substance in the skin that helps to add volume and hydration. Our Dental Wellness dental professional gently ease JUVÉDERM® injectable gel under the skin to instantly restore your skin’s volume and smooth away facial wrinkles and folds. We can treat your “smile lines” or “parentheses” (the creases that run from the bottom of your nose to the corners of your mouth).

How long does treatment take and how long does it last?

With Juvederm® the injection process takes only about 15 minutes and results are immediate. Plus, there’s minimal recovery or downtime. So you can step into Dental Wellness for treatment and step right back into your life.

Some facts you should know about WHY Juvéderm?

Almost 90% of all study volunteers who were treated with both JUVÉDERM® injectable gel and another dermal filler preferred JUVÉDERM®!

JUVÉDERM® injectable gel is the first FDA-approved hyaluronic acid dermal filler that is proven to be safe and effective for persons of color.

Botox and Juvederm are proven to be safe and effective. These treatments are natural extensions of the smile enhancing services Dental Wellness provides to our family of patients. Ask for a consultation with our state licensed cosmetic dental professional today!

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Dr. Kimberly Hubenette, expert injector introducing a Botox Membership Program for only $200 a year!

Our patients have spoken, and we are responding. This Botox Membership Program gives our patients the chance to do Botox right! With years of experience in the Botox injection field, Dr. Kimberly Hubenette is giving you the chance to receive Botox and Juverderm at amazing prices through this exclusive membership program with NO STRINGS ATTACHED

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To schedule an appointment with Dr.Kimberly Hubenette DDS, MAGD and Synergy Dental Group, please contact us today.

707 938-9066
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Sonoma, CA 95476

As a leading dental facility, Synergy Dental Group is proud to offer Botox® and Dermal Fillers

Dr. Louis Malcmacher
‘Now Botox and dermal fillers in California by dentists is just like any other area of dentistry and will be treated
as such,’ says Dr. Louis Malcmacher, president of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. (DTI/Photo Dr. Louis Malcmacher)
Jan 11, 2012 | News USA

In California: Botox, dermal filler procedures now treated no differently than getting a filling

by Dental Tribune America

NEW YORK, N.Y., USA: California dentists can now perform Botox and dermal filler procedures for dental esthetic and dental therapeutic uses. Dr. Louis Malcmacher, president of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), was asked to present to the California Dental Board in August of this year on the use of Botox and dermal fillers in dentistry.

The board took the matter up at the November meeting where it heard other perspectives as well and considered comments received in a public session from groups such as the California Medical Association, California Dental Association and California Academy of General Dentistry.

“The bottom line is that Botox and dermal fillers are allowed within the scope of dental practice for use by general dentists for dental esthetic and dental therapeutic uses with appropriate training,” Malcmacher said. “Now Botox and dermal fillers in California by dentists is just like any other area of dentistry and will be treated as such. No special statement is necessary from the board allowing Botox and dermal fillers because they are like any other dental procedure, as long as they are being used for dental esthetic and dental therapeutic uses, which is what we teach in our courses and relates to 99 percent of these procedures done in the oral and maxillofacial areas.”

California now joins the majority of states that allow dentists to do Botox and dermal filler procedures for dental esthetic and dental therapeutics.

The AAFE is a Dental Board of California registered provider for continuing education and has this same status in many states where it offers its full two-day live patient hands-on Botox/Dysport and dermal filler training for dentistry.

About the AAFE

The American Academy of Facial Esthetics is a professional and multi-disciplinary membership organization whose primary mission is teaching the best non-surgical and non-invasive facial esthetic techniques, such as Botox and dermal filler training courses for physicians, dentists and health care professionals around the world.

The AAFE has trained nearly 6,000 dental professionals in these techniques through more than 50 live patient hands-on mentored one-on-one training programs every year throughout North America.

(Source: American Academy of Facial Esthetics)

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