Although BOTOX® and dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Voluma are well-known cosmetic treatments for eliminating facial wrinkles and fine lines, they also offer a number of innovative and therapeutic uses in dentistry. Dr. Jarrod Cornehl utilizes BOTOX® and dermal filler injections to address oral health conditions such as TMJ and bruxism as well as cosmetic dentistry issues like gummy smiles.
To learn how Dr. Cornehl can help you with BOTOX® or Juvederm injections as an individual treatment or as part of a complete smile makeover, please contact the DENTAL STUDIO today at 415-392-5025. We welcome patients from San Francisco, San Rafael, Oakland, Berkeley and the entire Bay Area.
Learn more about BOTOX® and dermal fillers on this page:
- What is BOTOX?
- How does BOTOX work?
- Treating TMJ with BOTOX
- Bruxism treatment with BOTOX
- BOTOX for gummy smiles and hypermobile lips
- BOTOX for treating asymmetric smiles
- Dermal fillers – Juvederm and Voluma
- Juvederm for asymmetric lips
- Treating dark triangles between teeth with Juvederm
- Schedule your consultation today
BOTOX® Cosmetic was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2002 for the cosmetic reduction of forehead lines and has successfully been used to treat a surprising range of other conditions, such as excessive sweating and gummy smiles.
BOTOX® is a purified version of Botulinum Toxin Type A. It has been proven to reduce the effects of facial aging, such as crow’s feet, frown lines and other complexion issues. When injected into the skin, BOTOX® temporarily paralyzes the facial muscles that contribute to wrinkles.
BOTOX® is an FDA-approved protein complex that temporarily blocks the nerve impulses responsible for muscle contraction. When BOTOX® is injected into the muscles in and around your mouth, it can correct a number of oral health problems, such as TMJ disorder and bruxism. The injections only take a few minutes and results can last for several months at a time.
Millions of people suffer from chronic headaches and recurring neck and facial pain. In some cases, these issues are the result of temporomandibular disorder, commonly referred to as TMD or TMJ.
Your temporomandibular joints (TMJ) connect your lower jawbone to your skull. These joints are used frequently throughout the day when you speak, chew, swallow and yawn. When your jaw joints, teeth and face muscles are not in harmonious balance, you can develop painful complications, such as:
- Facial pain
- Neck and shoulder aches
- Jaw joint popping or clicking
- Ear pain
- Teeth clenching or grinding (bruxism)
While still a relatively new TMJ treatment option, BOTOX® has been found to effectively address a number of medical issues caused by muscle overexertion. Various conditions, such as chronic migraines, excessive sweating and uncontrollable blinking have been successfully treated with BOTOX®, making it a viable solution for TMD as well.
Many TMJ symptoms are caused by the overstimulation of the masseter muscle, the muscle primarily used when you speak and eat. During your BOTOX® treatment, Dr. Cornehl will strategically administer a series of injections directly into your masseter muscle, relaxing the muscle and relieving tension in the jaw.
The benefits of using BOTOX® to treat TMJ include:
- Muscles are alleviated of tension
- Zero downtime after treatment
- Only specific muscles are treated
- Sessions are relatively painless
- Injections are minimally invasive
Repeat sessions are necessary in order to achieve the best results from your BOTOX® treatment. Many patients feel significant relief from their TMJ disorder after only a couple of sessions.
Bruxism is a medical term that describes the act of teeth grinding and jaw clenching. Chronic teeth grinding can cause aching jaws, severe headaches, ear pain and can also lead to the wearing down and breaking of your teeth. Most cases of bruxism occur during slumber, but the condition can also occur involuntarily during waking hours. It is often linked with contributing factors such as stress or anxiety.
Common bruxism treatments range from sleeping with an uncomfortable mouth guard to exercise regimes meant to relax certain muscles. With BOTOX® treatment, Dr. Cornehl can quickly relax the facial muscles responsible for teeth clenching and grinding and relieve symptoms, such as:
- Jaw pain or tightness
- Fatigue in the jaw or other parts of your face
- Wear or damage to your teeth
- Chronic headaches
Teeth grinding can also misalign the temporomandibular joint and lead to TMD. Results typically last for four to six months.
Dr. Cornehl is devoted to improving the health and appearance of your entire smile, not just your teeth. If your gums are too large or uneven, your teeth may likewise look stubby or uneven. This condition is commonly referred to as a gummy smile.
The problem isn’t just with your gums. Gummy smiles occur when your gums, teeth and upper jaw are not in the right proportion. Gummy smiles can happen because of:
- A hypermobile lip (lips pull back too far when you smile)
- The thickness and length of the upper lip
- How the upper jaw and teeth are placed in relation to the skull
- The amount of gums that has taken over your teeth
- The overall size and shape of your teeth
Gummy smiles are often related to specific facial muscles that contract more intensely than they should. This occurs in cases of hypermobile lips. BOTOX® relaxes these muscles so that they no longer tighten as much.
During treatment, small units of BOTOX® are injected into the targeted muscles. You can return to your daily routine immediately after treatment, and after a week or two, you should begin to notice that your upper lip no longer rises above the gum line. With BOTOX®, the affected muscles return to a normal range of use, creating a more attractive smile.
BOTOX® results are not permanent and require maintenance injections every 8-12 weeks.
Symmetry is part of a perfect smile. Until recently, surgery was one of the only options available to fix lopsided or asymmetrical smiles. Now, in some cases, Dr. Cornehl can correct crooked smiles that are caused by asymmetric muscle tone with BOTOX®. This treatment can relax your lip muscles and give you a smile that is more proportionate.
While BOTOX® is designed to prevent facial muscles from contracting, dermal fillers are used to add volume to areas of the mouth that have deteriorated due to age or other factors. Dermal fillers consist of an injectable gel that contains hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in the body.
Dermal fillers such as Juvederm, Voluma and other Allergen products can address a variety of problems that affect the appearance of your smile, such as thin, flat lips and sunken cheeks. Treatment with Juvederm and Voluma offer a number of benefits, including:
- Immediate, natural looking results
- No downtime following treatment
- Minimally invasive procedure
- Virtually pain-free
- Utilizes natural substances found in the body
Although results vary from patient to patient, the effects of your dermal filler treatment can last for several months. Dr. Cornehl will discuss your options, candidacy and realistic expectations during your consultation.
Thin, flat and asymmetrical lips can deter from the appearance of your smile and undermine much of other dental work you may have had done to enhance your smile’s beauty. Juvederm is an ideal lip enhancement option because its smooth texture allows for subtle increases in volume while maintaining the natural appearance you desire. When deciding how much lip filler to use and where to place the injections, Dr. Cornehl will evaluate three key aspects of your lip appearance:
- Definition of the border
All of these can be affected to a greater or lesser degree by lip augmentation, and it’s important to consider all three factors in order to achieve the best results. Dr. Cornehl will make sure that your lips don’t just become fuller, but that they maintain a natural, proportionate shape that doesn’t look artificial.
The term “black triangles” refers to the dark gaps that can sometimes appear on the sides of teeth following implant therapy, periodontal treatment and restoration with crowns or bridges. It occurs when the gum tissue below the teeth is not preserved.
Black triangles can cause patients to feel self-conscious about the appearance of their smiles, but the condition can also create some functional problems like the accumulation of food debris and saliva spraying through the gaps when speaking.
Juvederm can add volume to gum tissue, eliminating gaps and creating proper gum contours. Results can last for up to eight months, after which maintenance injections will be needed.
If you live in San Francisco, San Rafael, Oakland, Berkeley or anywhere in the Bay Area and would like to learn more about BOTOX® and dermal fillers, please call the DENTAL STUDIO today at 415-392-5025 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Cornehl.