Chapel Hill dentist Dr. Furgurson offers Botox® Cosmetic and Xeomin® to treat a range of concerns, from aesthetic concerns to orofacial pain. Enjoy the convenience of personalized care for your cosmetic goals and the benefit of Dr. Furgurson’s expertise in the musculoskeletal structure of the face. This in-depth knowledge and experience treating complex problems such as TMJ disorders enable Dr. Furgurson to achieve great success with Botox and Xeomin injections, delivering natural-looking results.
A key benefit to being treated in 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. Injected under the skin, Botox and Xeomin are FDA-approved neurotoxins that contain botulinum toxin type A, the only difference being 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 to relax the appropriate muscles for a natural-looking result. Botox and Xeomin can be used 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, making it easy to receive additional treatment when you visit us for routine dental care which is recommended 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.
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 been thoroughly trained to correctly inject Botox for various treatments.