What are botox and fillers in dentistry?

by on April 26, 2016
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What are botox and fillers in dentistry?

Botox and fillers can be used in cosmetic dentistry for a number of purposes. These include enhancing the appearance of lips, the soft tissues around the mouth, the chin and jawline as well as the cheek and nose. Dermal fillers can also be used to get rid of dark areas around implants and crowns.


How does it work?

Botox is a kind of purified protein, which works by reducing the muscle contractions that cause wrinkles. Fillers are made of a gel substance. They are injected into the skin to add volume to skin and reduce the visibility of lines and wrinkles.


After botox and fillers have been administered, skin looks smoother and younger.  It is normal to feel some tenderness or to experience swelling, bruising and redness directly after the treatment, but your dentist will be sure to make you as comfortable as possible during and after the treatment with the use of anesthetic creams.


What are the benefits?

Botox and fillers help to make skin appear younger and smoother. As we get older, our skin loses a lot of its elasticity and volume, which means that lines and creases often form, particularly around the soft skin around the mouth. Fillers and botox help to plump out this skin, creating a much more youthful look.


In some cases, botox can also be used to treat pain in the jaw joint and parts of the face.