San Francisco Bay Periodontics in San Francisco and Alameda, CA
Ardavan Fateh, DDS, MMSc at San Francisco Bay Periodontics is proud to be one of the few practices in our area that offer BOTOX®. As we restore your gums and replace your missing teeth, we strive to provide you with every opportunity to maintain and enjoy your beautiful smile. Our extensive training, experience and expertise in oral and maxillofacial areas surpass that of most general doctors, ensuring skills that deliver superior BOTOX® treatment outcomes.
What is BOTOX®?
Botox® is a muscle relaxer that is most commonly performed in North America as a cosmetic procedure. BOTOX® comes in the form of a purified protein and is traditionally injected into facial muscles, causing them to relax rather than contract. Muscle contractions are what cause the lines, or wrinkles, on our faces.
More Than Smoothing Wrinkles
In our office, BOTOX® is used for therapeutic purposes, such as easing chronic facial pain and the intensity of muscle contractions. Dr. Fateh may also use BOTOX®to treat TMJ disorders, Gummy Smiles, jaw clenching, and teeth grinding.
Botox® is injected into muscles that tense up. BOTOX® blocks some of the transmitters in the muscles, preventing them from contracting and essentially causing them to relax. Botox® injections are performed without anesthesia because it is virtually painless. Only a very small sting is felt when the injections are made. The effects are not permanent and may need to be repeated two to three times per year to retain the effects. Research has suggested, however, that long term use of the injections leads to a longer duration of each treatment’s effect. Patients over the age of 65 may not experience as dramatic of results. Botox® is only useful in treating expression lines and cannot be used to repair sagging skin caused by aging.
Why Choose a Periodontist for BOTOX®
Periodontists have had more advanced training in the oral and maxillofacial areas than most general physicians. The face is where we spend our time every day! In addition to extensive education related to the face, our daily in-office experience ensures our proficiency in facial injections as well as our first-hand knowledge of facial-muscle function.
Is BOTOX® painful?
The needle that is used to inject BOTOX® is extremely small, and its sting is minimal. The entire process is almost painless, so no anesthesia is needed, and our patients are usually awake during treatment.
How long do treatments take and how long do they last?
At San Francisco Bay Periodontics, we are excited about helping you improve your smile both functionally and aesthetically. We invite you to contact us today and schedule an appointment to learn more about our BOTOX® treatments. San Francisco Office Phone Number 415-333-1173