Dr. Laura Funke is a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics and routinely uses BOTOX® to help patients get rid of unwanted facial wrinkles and jaw pain. Less than 10% of dentists are licensed to administer BOTOX® in America, which is unfortunate considering how much this medicine can increase quality of life.
BOTOX® is a purified protein that is painlessly injected into the facial muscles using a tiny needle. The most common use for BOTOX® is smoothing of facial wrinkles in the forehead, between the eyes (glabellar region), around the corners of the eyes (crow’s feet) and around the mouth (smoker’s lines). After treatment, it takes as little as 4-7 days for the face to appear “wrinkle free.”
Recently, BOTOX® has gained popularity in it’s ability to alleviate jaw pain and headaches, which can cause chronic problems. Bruxism appliances, full mouth reconstruction and pills can be given to help alleviate mild pain. Unfortunately many times these methods do not work, leaving many patients at their wits end at trying to find a solution. BOTOX® can play a very important role in reducing or eliminating jaw pain without having to think about it on a daily basis. In as little as 5 minutes, Dr. Laura can inject BOTOX® painlessly into the jaw muscle, alleviating pain completely.