Dento-facial health and rejuvenation; a treatment plan for more than just your teeth.
Facial rejuvenation therapies offered at LARA dental provide patients in the Geelong region and beyond with professional care relating to TMD and other facial therapies. Dr Charlie Kahwagi utilises his vast skills and experience in the facial region to provide patients with more comprehensive care to assist them in achieving dento-facial health and aesthetic goals. As a certified member of the Australian Academy of Aesthetic Dento-facial Aesthetics (AADFA), he has undergone training in these techniques. Being a qualified and experienced dental surgeon, he has extensive knowledge of the facial muscles and nerves. This is extremely important in utilising facial injectables to achieve the desired results.
Whether you are experiencing jaw joint pain or dissatisfaction with certain features of your face, LARA dental offers injectable solutions to assist you. We are committed to helping our patients to achieve their dento-facial goals and offer injectables as a part of treatment plans. The concept of complete dento-facial aesthetics combines functional dentistry with injectables most often used in cosmetic treatments to not only assist in managing jaw pain (TMD), but also in smoothing skin wrinkles, softening deep lines and creating more beautiful lips.
As specialists in the bones, muscles and joints of the mouth and jaw, dental surgeons are a wise choice when considering treatments for TMD and for cosmetic dissatisfaction. The team at LARA dental led by Dr Charlie Kahwagi will examine the problems you may be experiencing, assess your natural facial structure and discuss your goals to determine the best treatment plan to achieve the most natural results.
Which combination of treatment is used will depend on your oral health needs as well as your desired outcome.
Tempromandibular Joint Disorder (TMD)
The temporomandibular joint connects your temporal skull bones with your jaw and helps your jaw and jaw muscles to move during their everyday vital functions, like chewing, talking and breathing. Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD) occurs when the temporomandibular joint is not functioning correctly, or is experiencing significant stress caused by over-active muscle contraction or grinding. Sufferers of the disorder may experience pain, cracking, lock-jaw, facial fatigue and swelling.
Cosmetic injectables are most commonly used to relax certain muscles on the face that are showing the signs of ageing, like skin wrinkles. However, certain types of these injectables can also be used for people experiencing TMD by relaxing the muscles around the jaw causing stress on the temporomandibular joint and provide relief of discomfort.
What are cosmetic injectables?
Cosmetic injectables is the broader term that define medical treatments that are injected and have impacts on the aesthetics of the patients. There are two main types:
These generally refer to an injection into the facial muscles, which causes them to relax, preventing the skin from creasing and wrinkling. This reduces the appearance of ageing, particularly in terms of expression lines, or ‘dynamic wrinkles.’
Rather than being injected into your muscles, dermal fillers are injected into the dermal layer of the skin and, as the name suggests, help to ‘fill’ the area. This may result in restoring facial volume and contour, enhancement of features or in the improvement of skin texture.
Which cosmetic injectable treatment is best for me?
Depending on what you want to achieve from your dento-facial aesthetic treatment, there are a number of available options. Dr Charlie Kahwagi ensures that patients are treated with the utmost care and dedication and that the treatment plan is specially devised for your needs. He may suggest either anti-wrinkle injections, or dermal fillers or a combination and this will be decided in consultation with you. Depending on the extent of your dento-facial aesthetic therapies, you may also wish to discuss other complimentary treatments to help you to achieve your cosmetic goals. Whichever treatments you choose, the team at LARA dental can help to address your cosmetic or functional problems and to give you stunning results.
How can cosmetic injectables help with TMD?
Anti-wrinkle treatments work by injecting a natural protein into the facial muscles, using a neuromodulator that relaxes the muscles and prevents them from being over-active and contracting. They can be used cosmetically, as they prevent wrinkling in areas where the muscle might be overactive and overly expressive, like crow’s feet, or forehead. Anti-wrinkle injections can also be used by sufferers of TMD, as they can be used to relax the muscles around the jaw that cause excess stress on the joint and help relieve discomfort.
Can cosmetic injectables go wrong?
In the hands of an experienced dental surgeon, like Dr Charlie Kahwagi, your treatment will be carried out in a safe and hygienic clinical environment. His meticulous attention to detail, as well as his knowledge in the area of cosmetic injectables will ensure that your results will be natural, without looking overdone and to help you appear more refreshed. As with any medical procedure, there are risks involved, and these and will be thoroughly discussed at your consultation. Needless to say, the risks are minimised when the clinician has had intensive training in the muscles, nerves and blood supply of the head and neck. General post treatment concerns usually involve slight bruising or swelling around the area, but this is totally normal and will subside quickly.
How long do cosmetic injectables last?
Cosmetic injectables have varying periods of effectivity and can be dependent of the dosage, your unique face, the regularity of appointments and the results you want. As a rule, anti-wrinkle treatments last approximately 6 months and dermal fillers 9-12 months
What is the downtime for cosmetic injectables?
One of the things that make cosmetic injectables so popular is not only the results, but also the fact that they have little-to-no downtime and you will be able to return to regular activities almost immediately after the procedure. Basic care will be recommended, including avoiding touching or rubbing the area, staying hydrated and avoiding strenuous physical activity.
Are cosmetic injectables painful?
A topical numbing agent can be applied to the area to make the procedure as comfortable and pain-free as possible. The procedure itself is over quickly, and the needle used is extremely thin to ensure ease of administration. You may experience some tenderness in the area after the procedure, but this will not be significant.
All fillers are always placed under local anaesthesia to ensure maximum patient comfort which allows the clinician to achieve the best results possible.
If you are interested in cosmetic injectables, or in any of our dento-facial aesthetic treatments, please don’t hesitate to contact the clinic on (03) 5282 3201