Chapel Hill dentist Dr. Furgurson offers Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin®. These facial fillers can treat a range of concerns, from aesthetic concerns to orofacial pain. We can help you with your cosmetic goals and you can benefit from Dr. Furgurson’s knowledge in the musculoskeletal structure of the face. Dr. Furgurson has experience treating complex problems such as TMJ disorders using Botox and Xeomin injections. He can deliver natural looking results that you will love.
A key benefit to visiting our Chapel Hill dental office is the consistency of ongoing care for your cosmetic concerns or TMJ-related discomfort. Dr. Furgurson can provide follow up injections and monitor your results at regular dental visits.
Botox at the Dentist: how does it work?
Dr. Furgurson can use Botox or Xeomin to treat fine lines, wrinkles, and signs of aging that appear around the eyes, nose, and mouth. Botox and Xeomin are FDA-approved neurotoxins that contain botulinum toxin type A. The only difference between the two is that Xeomin does not contain certain additives for preservation that can sometimes present an allergy risk.
Botox and Xeomin act on the nerves that stimulate muscle contraction. Visible fine lines, wrinkles, crow’s feet, and those frown lines between the brows can be caused by underlying muscle tension. Once relaxed by the injection of Botox or Xeomin, the skin will soften and appear smoother.
Dr. Furgurson strategically places the injections under the skin to relax the appropriate muscles for a natural-looking result. He can use Botox and Xeomin around the eyes, nose, and mouth and on the forehead to address the signs of aging.
Botox for Jaw Pain
Dr. Furgurson may recommend the use of Botox or Xeomin to reduce muscle tension in the jaw, a common cause of TMJ disorders and discomfort. Just as with fine lines and wrinkles, the neurotoxin in these products works to prevent muscle contractions where injections are placed, allowing the muscles to relax. The result is less pain and the renewed ability for the jaw to sit in a natural position.
How long does Botox or Xeomin last?
Botox and Xeomin injections typically last around 6 months. This makes it easy to receive additional treatment when you visit us for routine dental care which we also suggest every 6 months.
Am I a candidate for using Botox to treat jaw pain?
Dr. Furgurson always discusses your dental and overall health, including medical history. He will take the time to thoroughly evaluate your jaw joints before recommending treatment for TMJ symptoms with Botox injections.
Does insurance cover Botox when used for TMJ?
Dental insurance will not cover the cost of Botox when treating TMJ. Our front desk will provide cost details for your consideration.
What should you not do after taking Xeomin?
For the first 24 hours after treatment, we recommend avoiding any intense form of exercise. We also recommend waiting at least 24 hours before getting a facial or rubbing your face excessively.
Can you switch between Botox and Xeomin?
Botox and Xeomin are very similar, however they do have chemical differences. We do not recommend using these interchangeably, or switching between them.
Will Botox lead to a frozen face?
Despite the many misconceptions surrounding Botox, once you receive the injections you will not get a “frozen face”. Botox will simply relax the muscles at the injection sites. You will still be capable of making a full range of facial expressions! Our dentists have thorough training to correctly inject Botox for various treatments.