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Can My Dentist Administer Cosmetic and Dermal Fillers?

Dr. Rick Dentistry offers a range of cosmetic dentistry services, including porcelain veneers, teeth whitening, dental implants, and Invisalign. Our goal is to improve the appearance of your teeth and deliver a healthy, beautiful smile. We also offer anti-aging and TMJ treatments using Botox and dermal fillers. It makes sense to trust the "real facial specialists" to perform these transformative treatments.

Why Choose a Dentist for Cosmetic and Dermal Fillers?

Some people may find it unusual to have Botox and dermal fillers performed by a dentist. According to the American Academy of Facial Esthetics (AAFE), patients who choose a dentist for their cosmetic injectables enjoy several advantages over those who go to a medical spa.

Dentists come with years of extensive training and an intimate understanding of the oral and facial anatomy. They are far more familiar with the facial structure than any medical aesthetics provider. Dentists inject anesthetics routinely and have training and experience that allows them to inject Botox and dermal fillers quickly and relatively painlessly. They can also provide dental anesthesia, when needed, to minimize your discomfort, unlike medical aesthetics providers who only use topical anesthetic creams.

Botox: An Overview

With repeated expressions over the years, facial lines, folds, and wrinkles become more pronounced. Botox is an injectable neurotoxin derived from the bacterium clostridium botulinum. It temporarily blocks the nerve signals to the muscles responsible for contractions. That virtually erases the signs of aging, including forehead wrinkles, frown lines, crow's feet, and under-eye lines. Dr. Rick usually uses Botox to treat areas in the upper portions of the face.

After two or three days, your skin should appear smoother, wrinkle-free, and younger. The full effects of Botox treatment are usually apparent after around two weeks and peak after about a month. The dramatic results typically last four to six months, after which the muscle movement gradually returns, and the lines and wrinkles reappear. Touch-up treatments will ensure you continue to enjoy a youthful appearance.

Botox also addresses a painful jaw condition known as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD), which results from problems in the facial muscles, jaw, and the temporomandibular joint (TMJ). TMD can cause pain in or around the jaw, clicking, soreness, or stiffness. Botox inactivates the jaw contractions that occur during sleep or due to stress, safely and effectively relieving chronic TMJ and facial pain.

Dermal Fillers: An Overview

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that helps keep the skin hydrated and increases its strength and elasticity. Hyaluronic acid production diminishes as the years go by, leading to facial volume and structure loss. Moreover, the fat surrounding the cheeks and the collagen in the skin begin to break down, resulting in a loss of definition, sagging, and the appearance of lines and wrinkles.

When injected under the skin's surface, hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers soften fine lines and wrinkles and restore lost volume. They virtually erase deep-set lines around the nose and mouth, including marionette lines, nasolabial folds, and lip lines, and improve the appearance of sagging skin. Dermal fillers produce dramatic, long-lasting results, with periodic touch-up treatments needed to maintain your youthful appearance.

Botox and Dermal Fillers Near Me

Visit Dr. Rick's Dental practice in Scottsdale, AZ, to learn more about Botox and dermal fillers, the revolutionary anti-aging and TMD solutions. Dr. Rick will evaluate your unique needs and may recommend one or a combination of our anti-aging treatments for the best results. We look forward to helping you look and smile your very best. Call us and schedule your appointment today!