BOTOX in Knoxville

BOTOX Injections in Knoxville for Dental and Cosmetic Applications

What Are BOTOX® Injections?

BOTOX is safe, FDA-approved, injectable dermal filler treatment that can be used in many dental applications to treat pain or in cosmetic uses for facial aesthetics. BOTOX works by temporarily reducing, or blocking, muscle activity in areas that can cause pain or where facial lines form. Common BOTOX treatments include:

  • TMJ Disorder / TMD
  • Teeth Grinding (Bruxism)
  • Reducing Jaw Pain
  • Forehead wrinkles
  • Crow’s feet
  • Frown lines
  • Frequent headaches
  • Chronic migraines

Dental Treatments Using BOTOX®

TMJ Treatments (TMD)

We can use BOTOX injections as one approach to help alleviate the symptoms caused by TMJ (temporomandibular joint) disorders. TMJ Disorder (often called just TMJ or TMD) is a condition that can occur as a result of jaw misalignment, joint damage, teeth grinding, or jaw clenching. These injections can relax the masseter muscles in your jaw to prevent you from making unconscious movements that contribute to jaw tension and pain and help keep your TMD from becoming worse.

TMJ Treatments often require multiple approaches to improve jaw function and relieve pain. Often times, we combine BOTOX injections with oral appliances such as night guards or sleep guards.

Teeth Grinding  (Bruxism)

Teeth Grinding, or Bruxism, is the involuntary grinding, shifting, and clenching of the teeth while a person is asleep, however, they may also grind their teeth during the day during stressful situation. If left untreated, teeth grinding can cause tooth fractures, jaw pain, gum recession, headaches, and an inability to have a restful night of sleep. Similar to TMJ Treatments, we can use BOTOX injections for teeth grinding where we target the masseter muscle, which is responsible for jaw movement. This will provide temporary pain relief as well as reduced grinding at night. 

Teeth Grinding treatments may require multiple approaches to improve jaw function and relieve pain. Often times, we may suggest BOTOX injections alongside use of night guards or sleep guards.

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BOTOX Cosmetic Treatments

Forehead Wrinkles

BOTOX injections in the forehead area can help smooth the lines, deep furrows, and creases, leaving you with a more youthful aesthetic above your eyes.

Crow’s Feet

Crow’s feet are the lines that from around at the corners of your eyes. BOTOX Cosmetic will smooth away your crow’s feet to achieve a more youthful look.

Mouth & Lip Lines

Fine lines around your mouth and lips have a major impact on how you look. BOTOX can help smooth out those vertical smoker’s lines and lipstick lines.

Brands of Botulinum Toxin Injections

There are three main brands of botulinum toxin injectables: BOTOX Cosmetic, XEOMIN®, and Dysport®. Each brand is FDA-approved and is an effective anti-wrinkle treatment. All brands inject the same botulinum toxin, so the effects of each last for around the same amount of time. Our office carries both BOTOX® and XEOMIN® brands.

BOTOX® Cosmetic Aftercare Recommendations

1. Delay Any Exercise

You should not exercise for at least 24-hours after your appointment. Exercise increases blood flow which can increase the potential for bruising and swelling.

2. Don’t Touch Your Face

Do not touch, massage, rub, poke, or put makeup on your face for at least 24 hours after the procedure. Touching the injection sites can increase the risk of the botulinum toxin moving into other areas of the face.

3. Avoid Lying Down

Be sure to sit straight up or stand for the first 4 hours after your procedure. Lying down too soon can increase the risk of the botulinum toxin moving outside of the treatment area.

4. Avoid Drinking Alcohol

You will need to abstain from drinking alcohol for at least 24-hours BEFORE and AFTER your appointment. Alcohol thins the blood, which can increase your chances of bruising and swelling.

You do not want the botulinum toxin to move from the site where it was injected. If the botulinum toxin migrates outside of the injection site, it can alter your treatment plan, causing muscle weakness and paralysis of an unaffected area. Depending on how far the botulinum toxin migrates, it can cause more severe physical health issues throughout your body. Always follow your recovery instructions and call our office or your primary care doctor immediately if you notice anything unusual.

FAQs About BOTOX® in Knoxville

How much does BOTOX cost?

The price of BOTOX can vary depending on the type of treatment, the patient, and the brand of injectable used. Our office can give you an estimate at the time of your appointment.

Which brand of BOTOX do you use?

We carry both BOTOX® and XEOMIN® brands. We use BOTOX® Cosmetic for all cosmetic applications and XEOMIN® for dental applications.

What are the potential side effects?

BOTOX is one of the most common non-surgical cosmetic procedures done every year. Even though it is considered very safe and effective, there is always potential for side effects with any cosmetic treatment. The most common side effects are pain, bruising, and swelling. If you experience any mild pain, bruising, or swelling, lightly apply an ice pack to the injection areas to manage these side effects and provide pain relief.

Before receiving an injection, tell your doctor about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
  • have a disease that affects your muscles and nerves (such as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis [ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease], myasthenia gravis or Lambert-Eaton syndrome)
  • have had any side effect from any other botulinum toxin in the past
  • have a breathing problem such as asthma or emphysema
  • have a history of swallowing problems or inhaling food or fluid into your lungs (aspiration)
  • have bleeding problems
  • have drooping eyelids
  • have plans to have surgery
  • have had surgery on your face
  • are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known if XEOMIN can harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known if XEOMIN passes into breast milk.
Other Common Side Effects Include:
  • Headache
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Droopy eyelids
  • Crooked eyebrows
  • Nausea
  • Temporary facial drooping
When Should I Call a Doctor or Emergency Services?

If you begin experiencing any of the following symptoms, pleae call our office. If our office is closed, or we are unable to answer the phone, please dial 911 right away.

  • Headache or flu-like symptoms
  • Droopy eyelid
  • Crooked eyebrow
  • Nausea
  • Temporary facial drooping

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