I am very excited to tell you about new procedures that I am introducing to my practice in both Uptown and in Cannon Falls:
Botox Therapeutic and Botox Cosmetic.
Now you may think, what does a Dentist have to do with Botox?
Here is how it happened.
About three years ago at a Seattle Study Club Regional Seminar on creating great smiles and facial aesthetics, the speaker was talking about treatments for what is known as a “gummy smile”. That is, showing a lot of gum tissue above your teeth when you smile. He commented that today rather than a surgical procedure to reduce the amount of gingiva showing above the upper teeth, Botox can be used to relax the upper lip to achieve the same result. That got me thinking that it would be useful to have that ability to do that in my practice. I looked online for courses that were available, but one thing or another kept me away for two years. Then I received a flyer announcing courses that were going to be given in Minneapolis. They were on Botox and oral facial pain and on Botox cosmetic. I've never really heard of Botox being used for oral facial pain so I was intrigued by that. I made arrangements and signed up for the courses. After reviewing anatomy, we studied symptoms, deferential diagnosis, treatment options and treatment planning. We then went into the facts about Botox, how it works, its chemistry, its limitations, its safety and limited side effects. Finally we had hands on experience, practicing on our “lab” partners, just like in dental school.
As I said, I also learned and became certified in Botox cosmetic. Dentists use needles every day more than most any other healthcare professional. Being gentle and accurate with injection is what we do. Once the anatomy was learned, the injections were very simple and came second nature to me. Just as using Botox therapeutically helps the muscles to relax, using it aesthetically allows the muscles of the face to relax and the skin to be refreshed and renewed.
Patrick J Prochaska DDS