“New” procedure has dental patients asking for the needle

As published by Dr. Jerry Gordon in the Buck’s County Courier Times

Most people don’t look forward to a visit to their dentist. Among the least favorite things are the needle and the drill. Both are needed to make dental treatment tolerable and often painless, but still not the highlight of your day. Some dental offices are offering services that were once only available from plastic surgeons and dermatologists. These dentists are providing Botox and dermal fillers for their patients.

Botox injections can be given to erase deep facial lines caused by underlying facial muscles. For example, “crow’s feet” wrinkles, as well as deep forehead lines, can be removed or softened with this procedure that takes only about 15 minutes. Botox is now being used for dental applications as well. Sore muscles and TMJ (jaw-joint) pain caused by teeth grinding and the unattractive appearance of a gummy smile can be improved with the use of Botox. Botox injections will yield effective results that last between four and six months and usually cost between $400-800, depending on the area treated and the amount required.

Dermal fillers like Juvederm contain Hyaluronic acid and are used to cosmetically fill in deep facial lines and plump up lips. There is an interesting dental application as well. Dermal fillers can help fill in unsightly dark triangles at the gum-line to improve the appearance of your smile. Dermal fillers cost more than Botox, around $500-2000 per patient, with the results lasting 4 months to a year or more. Some people are allergic to Botox and/or dermal fillers but serious complications from these procedures are rare.

There are several reasons to consider having a dentist do these procedures. Dentists are very comfortable giving injections, and many dentists take a special interest in facial aesthetics. Cosmetic dentistry is not just about how teeth look, but how the smile and face appear when dental treatment is completed. Botox and dermal fillers are a natural extension of cosmetic dental care. Not all dentists have had the additional training to deliver these services, but interested patients should ask their dentist.

Dr. Jerry Gordon can be reached at (215) 639-0571. Comments, questions, and second opinions are available at The Dental Comfort Zone, 2734 Street Rd. Bensalem, PA 19020 (across from the Giant supermarket). To learn more: https://dentalcomfortzone.com/ E-mail: drjdmd@comcast.net