You might think that our dentists can only care for your teeth and gums, but we also offer services that will improve the health or the appearance of the face. A facial treatment is available at our dental offices for a variety of reasons. Here are the facial services that many dentists provide to patients.
1. Changing the Shape of the Face’s Bones
If a child or an adult has a facial abnormality, then a dentist can often repair the problem. You might need to undergo treatment with customized headgear, braces or dental appliances to alter the size or the shape of the palate, gum ridges or jawbone. This process can take months or years to complete, but it is necessary to improve the appearance of the face and the health of the mouth. In addition, a dental surgeon can perform surgery on the face or the mouth to correct growth problems, birth defects or injuries.
2. Injections of Dermal Fillers to Eliminate Fine Lines and Wrinkles
Dermal filler injections are another type of facial treatment that we can offer to our patients in a dental office. If you have fine lines, wrinkles or folds on your face, then a dentist can analyze the problems to inject a variety of dermal fillers that can make you look younger. Our dentists have extensive knowledge of facial anatomy, making it easy to understand where to inject the dermal fillers for the best outcome. The injections of dermal fillers can improve your appearance for as long as a year, and with a dentist’s approval, you can undergo a new facial treatment.
3. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder Facial Treatment
When you have pain in the jaw’s joints, it is often caused by the temporomandibular joints. These joints can develop inflammation that leads to discomfort in the face, ears, neck or shoulders. Our dentist can examine your face and collect medical images to understand if you have a problem with the joints of the jaw. There are several effective treatments for this problem, including wearing plastic devices on your teeth at night or undergoing orthodontic treatment to repair the alignment of the teeth. At a dentist’s office, you can also have surgery to adjust the jaw to prevent the pain in the joints.
4. Botox Injections to Improve the Condition of the Face
Botox is manufactured in a laboratory for injection into the face for several facial problems, including the reduction of wrinkles and fine lines. Our dentist will analyze your face to decide where to inject the neurotoxin so that the nerves of the muscles become paralyzed. A dentist can inject Botox around the mouth, in the forehead or around the eyes to help you look better. This facial treatment can help you to have a more youthful appearance, but Botox is also useful for other conditions, including preventing migraine headaches or alleviating the pain from temporomandibular joint disorder.
5. Removal of Skin Growths or Discolorations
At our dental offices, we have high-quality lasers that make it possible to remove skin growths or discolorations from the face. If you have age spots, redness or freckles, then with laser facial treatment, it is possible to eliminate these abnormalities so that your face has a more attractive appearance. We can also apply chemical peel solutions or topical creams that can lighten the unattractive discolorations on your face.
Call Our Dental Offices Today
To learn more about a facial treatment from a dentist, you can contact us today in Phoenix or Gilbert. Contact Dental Specialty Associates at 480-633-9977 or 602-795-5995 for additional information.