Our clinicians are regulated under the strict regulations and ethical guidelines of the Dental Board of Australia and as such have completed comprehensive training in drug interactions and resolving associated complications if they arise.
Muscle relaxant injectables were originally designed for clinical use in the medical field, long before their cosmetic benefits became popular: they are used to treat excessive sweating, migraines, teeth grinding and associated pain.
Muscle relaxants are a purified protein that when injected into the muscle leads to a temporary muscle relaxation.
Relaxing facial muscles with muscle relaxant injectables is a quick, safe and effective way to treat sore jaw muscles and lower a high “gummy” smile caused by repeated overcontraction of the facial muscles.
Why should you visit Core Dental for facial injectables?
Dentists are highly trained in facial anatomy, dimensions and structure and are highly skilled at administering fine needles.
Our practitioners have also completed further study to perform cosmetic injectable treatments and attend regular education courses to upskill and remain current.
We use the latest generation of products which are administered in a highly sterilised environment.
For convenience and discretion, dental treatment and cosmetic injectables can be performed at the same visit. At Core Dental we also provide a 2-week review post treatment assessment to evaluate the effectiveness of the treatment and make any necessary amendments to ensure you are completely happy with your outcome.
Frequently Asked Questions
Muscle relaxants are an effective and safe way to treat TMJ/TM disorder, caused by overuse of the jaw muscle which hastens enamel wear which can in turn contribute to tooth decay. TMJ disorder can also result in receding gums, as well as cracked and chipped fillings and even loose teeth. Common side effects of TMJ disorder are headaches and migraines, facial pain, earaches, tight or stiff shoulders, poor quality sleep and an aching jaw. Muscle relaxants are often used to treat TMD in addition to other therapies, such as occlusal splints. Your dentist can assess your teeth and jaws and advise if you are a candidate for this treatment.
Muscle relaxants are injected into the jaw muscles which numb the nerve receptors in the muscles that initiate movement and contractions. This treatment will weaken the contractions of the target muscles while leaving enough strength for normal use.
The treatment will last approximately 3-4 months and will significantly improve the way you feel every day when it comes to the comfort of your jaw and the associated pain relief.
In conjunction with your regular dental treatment, muscle relaxant injectables can be used to treat gummy smiles, where the muscles in the top lip pull the lip up over the top of the teeth showing an abnormal amount of the gums. Small injections to a specific muscle either side of the nose will lessen the amount the top lip can pull up and lower the upper lip to show an aesthetic amount of the teeth while smiling.
There are no visible changes directly after the treatment. The full effect will develop over the following 3 – 14 days. The results depend on the individual, but generally last around three months.
You may experience slight discomfort at the injection site, however the clinicians at Core Dental use specialised, gentle injection techniques to minimise discomfort as much as possible. Our practitioners are also qualified to administer dental ‘blocks’ (local anaesthetic) to numb the more sensitive areas of the lower face and mouth. We want to make your treatment as comfortable as possible.
You will be able to return to daily activities immediately after treatment. You are advised to stay upright and avoid touching and massaging treated areas for two to four hours to prevent the solution diffusing to adjacent muscles.
You will be given comprehensive post-operative instructions from your practitioner following your treatment.
You should avoid injectables if you:
- Are pregnant or breast-feeding.
- Suffer from neuro-muscular or auto-immune disorders.
- Have a known sensitivity to the solution (BtxA or other constituents).
- Are taking certain medications such as quinine, aminoglycoside antibiotics.
If you take omega-3 and anti-coagulant NSAIDS for bruising, or have suffered from dysmorphic psychological issues, be sure to mention this to your clinician.