Botox and Dermal Fillers

botoxIf the teeth are the stage, the lips are the curtains. Paying attention to how both the stage and the curtains look completes the overall aesthetic look. Dr. Dahlkemper has been helping patients achieve the smiles they have always dreamed of for a number of years.

We have extended our services to other areas of the face as well, allowing your youthful appearance to go beyond your smile, and help restore the confidence and appeal that aging may take from you. Dentists, with the extensive head and neck training, have the ability to administer injections in a safe and comfortable manner. Dentists are artistic and without question perfectionists. As with any specialty procedure that a general dentist opts to provide, they should have the appropriate training and work within their comfort and ability zone. Dr. Dahlkemper has completed additional training for the specialized use of Botox and Dermal Fillers. She is a member of the American Academy of Facial Esthetics. As a dentist, Dr. Dahlkemper is very well-trained in the musculature and anatomy of the face and with that comprehensive experience no other doctor can give an injection better than a qualified and experienced dentist.

BOTOX Cosmetic is administered via a few tiny injections directly into the muscles responsible for age lines. By blocking the release of a chemical that causes these muscles to contract, BOTOX Cosmetic enables them to relax. The effects are very localized, and when administered by an experienced Doctor, do not affect your ability to smile, laugh, or otherwise show expression. BOTOX Cosmetic is the only product of its kind that has been approved for use in this area.

Dermal Fillers (such as Juvederm®, Restylane® or Radiesse®) are used to restore volume to the area around the mouth. Dermal Fillers give lips fullness, erase the downward frown lines at the corners of the mouth, as well as wrinkles/creases in cheek areas. In addition to restoring a more youthful appearance to your smile, dermal fillers are useful in treating high lip lines and uneven lips.

Botox for TMD and Bruxism

TMD or Temporomandibular Joint Disorder is an inflammation of the temporomandibular joint which could be acute or chronic in nature. (TMJ or temporomandibular joint connects the skull to the lower jaw). The disorder results in significant pain and impairment for many patients.

Bruxism is a medical term for teeth grinding. Nocturnal bruxism occurs in 5% to 20% of adults and in 30 % of children in the age group of five and six years. Although true incidence and prevalence rates of bruxism are not known as over 80% of all bruxers may be unaware of the habit or be ashamed to admit it, hence they may dismiss any evidence of self-destructive behavior. Aggravated by stress, this condition frequently runs in families. People that clench their teeth during the day or at night mostly do so involuntarily. Those that only grind at night only know that they are doing it if they wake up with jaw soreness or if their dentist notices that they are wearing down their teeth.

Frequent symptoms of Bruxism and TMD are headaches, earaches, facial pain, chipped teeth and chewed inner surface of the cheek on the inside of the mouth. Chronic grinding or clenching will often cause hypertrophy (enlargement) of masseter muscle – the main muscle that is used for chewing. This muscle is located at the angle of the jaw. Grinding or clenching builds this muscle and makes it stronger, like lifting weights build muscles for body builders. The stronger the chewing muscle gets the more damage grinding or clenching causes to the teeth and TMJ. Headaches, earaches and facial pain also tend to get worse with time.

Botox Injections Give Instant Relief

Dr. Dahlkemper uses Botox to treat chronic teeth grinding. Besides relief from jaw pain, tension and headaches, some of her patients see a change in the way that their face looks. The square, heavy appearance of their lower face softens into a more normal and esthetically pleasing one.

This change occurs over two or three sessions of Botox, as the masseter muscle gets smaller. Patients have also reported a marked reduction in their general stress level as their grinding disappears or gets reduced. Botox treatment for teeth grinding is painless and quick (5 minutes). Results from Botox treatment of bruxism start two to three days after injection and can last for 3-6 months.

During your no cost initial consultation, Dr. Dahlkemper will evaluate your unique needs, desired end results, and explain your options. She will also help you determine which treatment, or combination of treatments, will work best to achieve the look that you desire.

To schedule your free initial evaluation for Botox TMD treatment please call our office at 843-884-6166 or contact us via e-mail at darlene@watersedgesc.com

Finance Options

Dental treatment is an excellent investment in an individual’s medical and psychological well-being. Financial considerations should not be an obstacle to obtaining this important health service. Being sensitive to the fact that different people have different needs in fulfilling their financial obligations, we are providing the following payment options.


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Mt Pleasant, SC 29466
843.884.6166