According to the American Society of Plastic Surgeons approximately ten million people received Botox and dermal fillers in 2018. Since then, the procedure has become even more prominent, making them the top two most popular minimally invasive cosmetic procedures in America.
What Is Botox?
Botox contains a type of purified bacteria, called botulinum toxin. Doctors inject this bacterium into the skin or muscles to freeze them and minimize the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles caused by facial expressions.
The bacterium used in this procedure is considered deadly when used in large amounts. But, in dentistry and other medical specialties, only a tiny, regulated amount is used, making Botox a very safe procedure.
Use of Botox in Dentistry
Botox is used in dentistry for:
- Patients with missing teeth to reposition the lip and cheek muscles to allow for proper fitting of dentures
- Patients suffering from TMJ disorders. Botox can relax the joint muscles and offer immediate relief from pain.
- Patients suffering from grinding can seek Botox treatment to reduce the force of the muscular contractions.
What Are Dermal Fillers?
Dermal fillers, also known as soft tissue fillers, are injected into the skin’s surface to provide fullness and add volume. They contain substances like calcium hydroxylapatite, hyaluronic acid, polyalkylimide, polylactic acid, and PMMA. All these substances can treat different signs of aging or fix cosmetic issues.
Use of Dermal Fillers in Dentistry
In dentistry, dermal fillers reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth caused by tooth loss, extensive dental work, and natural aging factors. The main goal is to transform your smile and make it even more beautiful than before.
Our dentists provide dermal fillers to patients and are professionally trained in using these special substances to make the procedures safe and comfortable.
There are two main differences between Botox and dermal fillers. Botox freezes the muscles to prevent wrinkles and lines caused by facial expressions from forming. Dermal fillers, on the other hand, use hyaluronic acid or other similar substances to plump up the areas that have lost their smoothness due to natural aging.
With over 30 years of experience offering exceptional dental services to our community, at Cheyenne Mountain Dental Group, we are still continuing our journey, under the leadership of Dr. Stephen Davis along with Dr. Bill Bertsch. For more details and appointments, call us at (719) 576-3276, book online, or visit us directly at 3605 Star Ranch Rd, Colorado Springs, CO 80906.