Facial Rejuvenation & Injectables

Randolph, NJ

Are you searching for a facial rejuvenation or injectables treatment in Randolph, NJ? Look no further than Seidner Dentistry & Associates. Our practice provides a range of treatment options tailored to meet your cosmetic needs and address concerns like jaw pain. Explore our services to discover how we can assist you in enhancing your natural beauty and overall well-being.

Cosmetic Use

We offer two types of cosmetic procedures: facial rejuvenation and injectables. Both are effective in successfully transitioning your smile into one you’ve been dreaming of. Our team will help your smile look years younger by treating your smile lines with injectables.

Injectables are used to instantly smooth away wrinkles around your mouth and nose. With just one treatment, you will achieve smooth and natural-looking results lasting from four months to one year, depending on your chosen treatment. Our dentists have the ability to anesthetize the entire area, making the procedure virtually pain-free. 

If you are looking for a wider variety of cosmetic options, facial rejuvenation allows our team to treat other areas of the face to achieve a more youthful look. It is a safe treatment to reduce or eliminate moderate to severe lines between your forehead and your eyes with no surgery and no recovery time. Years of squinting, frowning, or concentrating can be diminished.

Facial Rejuvenation As Treatment For Your TMJ Joint

Facial rejuvenation is not only used for cosmetic reasons. Did you know you no longer have to suffer from jaw pain caused by clenching or teeth grinding? Our certified dentists, Dr. Cara Seidner and Dr. Shannon Ellermeyer, can place facial rejuvenation in the temporomandibular joint (TMJ) to help relax the jaw muscles. Relief is often felt in days and can last up to four months. Patients may discover they need to go less and less as their jaw becomes more relaxed.

You may be surprised to learn some of the seemingly unrelated symptoms of TMJ. Symptoms of TMJ may also include:

  • Prevalent pain or soreness in the jaw, especially at certain times of the day
  • A popping or clicking sound when the mouth is opened or closed
  • Trouble opening and closing the mouth or chewing
  • Misaligned bite
  • An earache not caused by infection
  • A toothache not caused by infection or other dental health issues
  • Jaw pain when chewing, biting, yawning, or speaking
  • A ‘locked’ or stiff jaw when chewing, biting, yawing or speaking
  • Recurring tension headaches or migraines, especially if present upon waking
  • Recent changes to your bite

Teeth Clenching: Suffern (NY) – Succotash!

Article written by our dental hygienist, Julia Guerra

Fortunately, the Guerra family has realized several milestones in the last six months. My eldest child graduated from college, my youngest graduated from high school, and my middle and youngest are attending college this fall. In addition, my daughter has the great privilege of playing a sport for her school in Boston, and, therefore, I have the dubious honor of traveling over four hours north two times a week to cheer on my favorite athlete.

Now, these travels are same-day round trips, which allows me to log over nine hours on the road in one afternoon!  Three and a half hours into the drive home, when I see the signs for Suffern, NY, my facial muscles, jaw, molars, and neck are as tight as a drum. As I maneuver from one lane to the next, in an effort to expedite my arrival home, I begin steering with one hand while attempting to massage my cheeks and neck to relieve the tightness that has developed during these last hours on the road.

Am I Clenching?!! Sufferin-Succotash!!!

I have now joined the millions of Americans who clench their teeth, often unconsciously and, in my case, in response to tension and stress.

Studies have shown that 50-95% of men, women, and children clench their teeth at some point in their lifetime, with up to 8% of the population grinding regularly, leading to chronic discomfort, including pain and tightness in the jaw, facial muscles, TMJ, tooth tenderness and looseness and ear and neck discomfort.


Bruxism, or clenching, is often an unconscious act of grinding, gnashing, or teeth clenching. A primary cause of clenching is stress and anxiety, and it is estimated that 70% of grinders have some form of stress in their lives. It is most commonly done while we sleep, and therefore incredibly difficult to stop or manage. Malpositioned or crooked teeth can add isolated force to specific teeth and equally impact our desire to clench and accelerate bone loss and tooth mobility.

In addition, studies prove that those suffering from sleep apnea, now estimated to be 1 in 15 Americans, will clench or grind their teeth in an effort to open the airway and clear the obstruction so that breathing can begin again.

Symptoms & Diagnosis

Symptoms of clenching and grinding (bruxism) may include soreness or tightness in the facial muscles and jaw, sore teeth, chronic dull headache, ear pain, neck tightness, looseness, or a feeling of loose teeth. Symptoms can develop quickly with an acute or short-term episode of grinding when there is a rise in stress and anxiety. More chronic (long-term) bruxism can lead to prolonged discomfort and irreversible damage like bone loss around the teeth. The constant pressure and bumping of teeth accompanying grinding can be likened to my mailbox after a long winter. Inevitably, I have to re-secure the post after each season of heavy snow and having snowplows bumping and exerting force into the post. The post becomes loose over time with each pass and knock, and the dirt erodes around it. Similar ideas can be imagined for a tooth that is heavily pressured by clenching and grinding, subsequently causing bone loss and a permanent loss of support.

The dentist and hygienist can also observe evidence of grinding on teeth. Much like an archeological dig, footprints are always left behind that help us determine the likelihood of activity, even if the patient is completely unaware.

Abfraction is a notching in the enamel at the gum line. Evidence shows that repeated pressure, like that with clenching and grinding, creates flexing of the tooth and, over time, causes a loss of thinner enamel. This weakened area can be detected by placing a fingernail at the gum line and feeling for a notch or divot. This loss of tooth structure can render the tooth severely compromised, requiring a filling or crown to provide the missing support.

Flattening of the biting surfaces and edges of teeth can also be observed, sometimes resulting in concavities or pitting in the enamel. Wear spots also expose the layer under the enamel, called dentin, and can become a sensitive, unprotected area on the tooth. Bone loss can be determined and evaluated with the use of x-rays. Tooth loss has occurred due to extensive grinding and absence of support. In addition to the physiological trauma, clenching can damage restorations like fillings and crowns, resulting in cracks and breaks. The fracturing of tooth structure and loss in the height of the tooth leads to the restorative treatment necessary for proper occlusion.

The TMJ (temporomandibular joint) is actively involved with clenching and grinding and becomes inflamed from extensive use. Soreness upon opening and closing is often present, as well as popping, clicking, and, in extreme cases, locking of the jaw. (How will you eat that huge sub sandwich or chew that fabulous rib eye?)

Help Is On The Way!! (And It’s Not From The ACME Dental Company!)

Halting the habit of bruxism may not be possible in a day, but controlling the clenching and the damage it causes is possible!

One of the most important steps in achieving success in stopping clenching is AWARENESS!

Many patients are unaware of their clenching, often because it occurs while they sleep. Being conscious of the position of your jaw and whether your teeth are touching or apart in a “relaxed” state helps to identify when and what triggers may be associated with the habit. Being alert to any soreness of teeth upon waking or fatigued facial muscles will help dental professionals isolate the times of clenching. I have had patients admit to clenching while driving in traffic, typing on the computer, and even while texting on their phone, completely unaware until they developed a heightened realization of the possibility. My daughter, suffering from headaches daily, was amazed when she realized that she, too, would find her teeth firmly closed at times throughout the day. Holistic approaches to help decrease the likelihood of clenching and grinding are aimed at reducing stress and anxiety. Lowering stress, increasing rest and sleep, and conscious relaxation and meditation throughout the day can help minimize clenching. It has been noted that caffeine can raise anxieties and jumpiness, and alcohol has been shown to intensify the urge to clench during sleep. Avoiding these may help to reduce occurrence.

Muscle relaxants reduce pain and relieve more acute discomfort by giving the muscles time to settle down. Warm, moist compresses can also be used to relieve tightness. A damp towel rinsed with warm or hot water and placed on the joint and cheek area may loosen the tension, but its effects may be minimal.

Because many “clenchers” have the habit for years or a lifetime, the use of a custom occlusal guard, worn at night, helps to protect the teeth from harm and allows the jaw joint to glide freely over a smooth surface. Night guards have proven to be the most popular choice of treatment, providing protection while keeping the teeth separated and preventing them from locking together.

Orthodontics (braces/Invisalign) provides proper occlusion, distributing bite force evenly to all teeth. After years of wishing and wanting, many adults are choosing Invisalign and other orthodontic options to not only correct their bite and prevent bone and tooth loss but also obtain straight teeth and the radiant smile they’ve always dreamed of.

Facial rejuvenation is given as an injection into the muscles associated with clenching, causing temporary paralysis that lasts approximately three to six months. The benefit of facial rejuvenation is that it treats the cause or the source of the problem. Though other treatments are effective in providing relief, they only help to reduce trauma by protecting the teeth from further damage. Facial rejuvenation renders the facial muscles “weakened enough to stop involuntary clenching and grinding.”

“Th-th-th-That’s All Folks!”

Treatments are available, and relief is in sight, but for the sufferers of clenching and grinding, sometimes assistance and a pain-free lifestyle can’t come quickly enough. Battling bruxism is an ongoing activity that requires patience, diligence, and compliance. Many of the causes of clenching cannot be suppressed overnight. With the most common source thought to be stress, this time of the year brings a host of new reasons to start! In the last month, patients have realized longer commutes, increased traffic, increased homework, increased sports schedules, increased eating dinner on the fly, and all the other changes that occur with back-to-school responsibilities. In addition, with the holidays creeping up on us, these next few months often aid in launching a grinding frenzy for even the calmest personalities. As you can ascertain from my experiences, it doesn’t get easier! If life drives you “Looney,” we can help make it as comfortable as possible. 

My friend Pam always says, ”We’re living the dream.” I’ll just do it with my night guard in place!

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