Botox® and Dysport®

Dental Designs of Plantation is proud to offer Botox and Dysport treatments for their patients for both oral and maxillofacial cosmetic and therapeutic use. We now use Botox and Dysport therapeutically in the treatment of Temporal Mandibular Joint Disease (TMJD), TMJD headaches, and bruxism. This type of treatment utilizes a purified protein, and is placed locally in therapeutic, dental medicinal doses, to enable controlled muscle relaxation and to treat any problem where inappropriate muscle contraction is the problem.

What are Botox® and Dysport®?

Administration of Botox or Dysportis a simple and non-surgical procedure whereby very small doses of a natural, purified protein are placed into specific muscles, which selectively interferes with the muscles ability to contract through relaxation. The actual mechanism of action is by blocking or reducing the release of a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine which is required for the muscle to contract.

Without acetylcholine, the muscle will not contract and, if the muscle does not contract, then it will be unable to pull, stretch and cause pain. This temporarily blocks the nerves from communicating with the muscle, resulting in relaxation and a decrease in pain.

How Botox® and Dysport® are Administered

Botox and Dysport procedures do not require anesthesia and usually take just a few minutes to perform. The protein is deposited into the muscle using a fine needle to minimize discomfort and maximize accuracy. It is recommended that patients avoid alcohol for about a week before the procedure. To minimize bruising, patients should stop using aspirin and anti-inflammatory medications about two weeks before treatment.

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