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December 30, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Botox  

Botox is a type of drug that briefly weakens or relaxes muscles. If you’ve ever heard of it, the first thing that may come into your mind is getting rid of facial wrinkles and lines. However, Botox goes far beyond enhancing one’s appearance. Here at New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA, Dr. Dawn Rickert also uses Botox to deal with certain medical and oral conditions.

How Does Botox Work?
Botox is a registered trademark for botulinum toxin. It comes in the form of a refined protein, derived from the bacterium known as Clostridium botulinum. Botulinum toxin obstructs and affects the transmitters of motor nerves that innervate your muscles. Essentially, Botox injections can significantly reduce forceful muscle contractions.

What Can Botox Treat?
Among the most common uses of Botox include treating facial wrinkles and other cosmetic enhancements. But, among its wide array of uses is in the field of dentistry. Your dentist in New Hope, PA, can effectively treat conditions like:

TMJ Dysfunction
The temporomandibular joint links your jawbone to your skull. Temporomandibular joint dysfunction (TMD) can generate pain or discomfort in your jaw joint and in the muscles that are involved in jaw movement.

Bruxism is a condition in which you involuntarily grind or clench your teeth. This can give rise to painful oral issues and likewise lead to tooth sensitivity, chipped teeth, and worn down tooth enamel.

Gummy Smiles
If your upper gums appear prominent as your smile, it may lead to self-consciousness or even low self-esteem.

Facial Pain
One of the symptoms and effects of certain medical conditions such as bruxism and TMD is chronic facial pain. Another type of facial pain condition that is not caused by other medical conditions is trigeminal neuralgia. Its distinguishable symptom is an abrupt and severe stabbing pain that can sometimes be debilitating.

Chronic Headaches
Chronic daily headaches happen for about more than 15 days a month. It could even last for an interval of six months or more.

A migraine is an excruciating headache that comes with a pulsating sensation or throbbing pain. It can be marked by different symptoms including sensitivity to sound and light, vomiting, and nausea.

Are You a Candidate for Botox?

You can be a good candidate for Botox if you:

  • Have no history of any neuromuscular disease (like myasthenia gravis or multiple sclerosis)
  • Are not pregnant
  • Are at least 18 years of age
  • Are physically healthy

To Find Out If You Can Benefit From Botox, Talk to Us

Schedule an assessment here at New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA, with Dr. Dawn Rickert by calling (215) 862-2525.

October 06, 2020
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Botox   Dentists  

Botox is the most popular treatment in dermatology, but does it have a place in dentistry?

Here at New Hope Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA, Dr. Dawn Rickert, regularly uses Botox to address oral health issues and then some.

Dentistry and Botox

The reality is that Botox is finding more popular usage in the world of dentistry. The use of Botox within a dental practice is used as a component of a comprehensive treatment plan instead of a standalone procedure. The dental professional needs to have the appropriate training and experience in administering Botox to achieve the desired results.

Botox Therapeutic Applications

The temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) cover not only the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) but also other conditions that can be associated with the masticatory system functions. Often mistakenly mixed with other chronic pain disorders, the TMJ disturbances present an entirely different set of problems.

It has been found that the therapeutic applications of Botox can be effective in addressing tenderness and pain in TMJ disorders. Likewise, it can be used to assist in the management of TMJ cases, especially where muscular hyperactivity is involved.

Additionally, in bruxism or clenching of the teeth, your dentist in New Hope, PA, can inject a small amount of Botox into the masseter muscle at the sides of the face. This weakens the muscle and helps regulate the involuntary teeth grinding and jaw chewing either while asleep or awake. This does not affect the voluntary movements of chewing or showing facial expressions.

A gummy smile, which is a condition where a huge portion of the gums is shown above the upper teeth every time that you smile, could also be addressed with Botox treatment. Injections improve the appearance of the smile.

Other temporomandibular joint disorders (TMD) that can be addressed by the therapeutic applications of Botox include:

  • Oromandibular dystonia (OMD)
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Hypermobility
  • Headaches

To Find Out If You Can Benefit From Botox, Contact Us

Book an evaluation with Dr. Dawn Rickert of New Hope Cosmetic and Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA, by dialing (215) 862-2525.

By Dawn M. Rickert, DMD, MAGD
September 04, 2019
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Botox  

Botox could do more than take years off your appearance—it could also help with TMJ disorder.

When people think of Botox, they often think about this injectable treatment’s ability to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles to give people Botoxyounger-looking skin. However, Botox has become quite a versatile treatment that can do more than just make your skin look amazing. Here at New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA, your dentist, Dr. Dawn Rickert, has been using Botox to help those dealing with TMJ disorder, jaw pain, and tension headaches—read on to learn why and how.


What is TMJ disorder?

TMJ disorder, which stands for the temporomandibular joint, is the joint that’s responsible for every jaw movement. If you find yourself dealing with issues such as pain, stiffness, or clicking in the jaw, then you could be dealing with TMJ disorder.


What is Botox?

Botox is a cosmetic injectable treatment that uses a purified form of botulinum toxin to help relax the muscles of the face to smooth away certain lines and wrinkles. Once administered, the FDA-endorsed neurotoxin interrupts the signals that cause the muscles to contract. The effects of Botox last about 3-4 months, but patients may choose to turn to their New Hope, PA, general dentist for maintenance treatments if they are happy with the results.


How does Botox treat TMJ disorder?

Since Botox works by affecting the nerve signals sent from the brain to the muscles, it can ease tension, reduce pain signals, and even prevent headaches from forming. By stopping the muscles of the jaws from working overtime, you can also reduce soreness and muscle fatigue.


What should I expect when I get Botox?

When you come into our New Hope office for treatment, we will administer several thin needles into the muscles of the jaws. This only takes a few minutes to administer and causes absolutely no downtime. You should start to notice an improvement in your symptoms within a few days after treatment.


Interested? Contact us

Are you living with painful TMJ disorder and having trouble getting your symptoms under control? If so, New Hope Dentistry is here to help. Call us today at (215) 862-2525 to let us know that you are interested in how Botox can treat your jaw pain.

December 11, 2018
Category: Cosmetic Dentistry
Tags: Botox  

Are you dealing with persistent facial pain? Botox could help.

Are you someone who has sore, aching jaws due to teeth grinding, clenching or a TMJ disorder? If you said “yes” then you may be wondering what you can do to finally alleviate this discomfort. After all, nothing is worse than feeling like mealtimes are more of a challenge than an enjoyment. Luckily, our New Hope, PA, dentist Dr. Dawn Rickert can alleviate your facial pain with Botox.

What is Botox?

When most people think of Botox they think about its ability to smooth away fine lines and wrinkles from the face; however, this injectable form of purified botulinum toxin is administered to the muscles of the face to prevent them from contracting. As you might imagine, when our dentist administers them to certain muscles around the jawline this will relax and loosen the muscles of the face to reduce pain, stiffness and discomfort caused by teeth grinding, jaw clenching or a TMJ disorder.

Is Botox the right treatment option for handling my facial pain?

The best way to determine whether or not Botox is right for you is to come into our office for an evaluation. Our New Hope, PA, general dentist will want to make sure that you’ve tried other treatment options and lifestyle modifications to see if that could alleviate your TMJ disorder or facial pain. If your facial pain is severe or persistent despite at-home care then Botox may be the best treatment option.

What should I expect from my Botox treatment?

Botox treatment is great because it’s safe, effective and quick. Once we determine that you are an ideal candidate for Botox the act of administering the injections only takes a couple of minutes. Prior to administering the injections, a numbing cream may be applied to the area to alleviate any minor discomfort you may feel from the injections.

How long will my results last?

It’s important to know that Botox isn’t a permanent fix. Botox results only last about 3-4 months; however, the good news is that you can continue to get maintenance treatments every few months to help you manage your symptoms. You will also notice that after your first Botox treatment that your facial muscles are more relaxed than they were prior to treatment.

If you are dealing with painful and achy jaws or other forms of facial pain in New Hope, PA, then you could be an ideal candidate for Botox. To find out more about this treatment option call New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry today.

November 01, 2017
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Botox  

Many patients are pleasantly surprised to learn that their dentist Dr. Dawn Rickert at New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, botoxPA can administer Botox treatments. Botox is traditionally used to achieve a better looking facial appearance. But Botox also has important dental applications for patients who are experiencing pain or discomfort. Learn more about how dentists use Botox and how it can help improve your smile.

What Is Botox?
Botox is made of a special toxin that relaxes muscles when injected into the skin. It is used as a treatment for people who are having problems with aging and wrinkling skin. But Botox also has other uses and is now being used as a dental treatment in certain cases. 

How Dentists Use Botox
Dentists use Botox in combination with standard dental treatments to help fix your smile and relieve chronic pain. Here are a few common issues that Botox injections by your New Hope, PA dentist can address:

- TMJ disorder (clicking and popping in the jaw).
- Jaw clenching at night (bruxism).
- Relieving pain in the face due to dental disorders.
- Reducing the appearance of “gummy smiles.”
- Relief from migraines and headaches.

Of course, there are also cosmetic applications. Botox can also help smooth out the lines and wrinkles around your mouth when you smile.

Botox Upkeep
After you complete a Botox treatment, you must keep up regular appointments with your dentist for upkeep. One Botox treatment takes minutes but will likely last for months. You can then schedule another appointment with your dentist for Botox as well as a cleaning and polishing of your teeth. The great thing about going to a dentist for treatment is that you can also have your teeth whitened or be evaluated for cosmetic restorations like veneers and crowns.

Call Your Dentist for Botox
Call New Hope Cosmetic & Family Dentistry in New Hope, PA at 215-862-2525 to ask Dr. Dawn Rickert about Botox treatments for better oral and dental health.