Facial Rejuvenation by Hunt Valley, MD Dentist Dr. Joel Nathanson.
The best benefit of facial rejuvenation is that you get to look younger. As we age, we get these little crow’s feet around our eyes and little lines around our mouths. It’s called marionette lines and such. Facial rejuvenation with Botox and fillers can actually help make a lot of those go away, and it makes people look younger.
I’ve had patients where we’ve done this, they look in the mirror. It usually takes a week or two for them to see the full effects, particularly of the Botox. The fillers, you do see the effect right away, but with Botox, after they see the effects, they look in the mirror and they say, wow, I look a lot younger.
We have also used Botox to help treat some patients who have pain in their facial muscles– either the jaw joint, what’s known as the temporomandibular joint, or just some of the cheek muscles. Even muscles in the side of the head or in the back of the neck– those can be effectively treated with the Botox material, and at least give temporary relief to the pain that they experience in those muscles.
Our Response to the Coronavirus (COVID-19)
Effective 5 P.M today (03/24), the Maryland Department of Health issued a directive stating that health care providers “shall perform only medical procedures that are critically necessary for the maintenance of health for a patient. All elective and nonurgent medical [and dental] procedures and appointments shall cease effective at 5 p.m., Tuesday, March 24, 2020 and shall not be performed for the duration of the catastrophic health emergency.”
So the question you may have in response to this is “What would be considered an ‘urgent’ condition for which I SHOULD seek treatment?” To answer this question with regard to dental emergencies, the American Dental Association (ADA) has published the following guidance:
Dental care that you should have taken care of by a dentist at this time:
Bleeding that doesn’t stop
Painful swelling in or around your mouth
Pain in a tooth, teeth or jaw bone
Gum infection with pain or swelling
After surgery treatment (dressing change, stitch removal)
Broken or knocked-out tooth
Denture adjustment for people receiving radiation or other treatment for cancer
Snipping or adjusting wire of braces that hurts your cheek or gums
Biopsy of abnormal tissue
Dental care you can reschedule for another time:
Regular visits for exams, cleanings, and x-rays
Regular visits for braces
Removal of teeth that aren’t painful
Treatment of cavities that aren’t painful
If you do have a true dental emergency (as described above), call your dentist or contact our office. STAY SAFE!