Everyone loves having a gorgeous smile they can be proud of. And why wouldn’t we? Your smile is often the first thing people notice about you when you first meet. As dental and other medical professionals enhance their knowledge and learn more from research, they discover more ways to support our oral health. We now have more treatment options when visiting the dentist than ever before.
Traditionally, Botox was used by medical professionals for cosmetic procedures. However, as medicine advances and specialists have learned more, Botox has expanded into the dental industry to be used for its therapeutic benefits as well. Many dentists across the nation are now using this injection as an alternative treatment option for many dental issues their patients experience. Discover some new things about Botox and the potential conditions it helps treat.
Understanding the Benefits of Botox for Dental Treatments
Botulinum toxin, better known as Botox, is an injection that helps relax the nerve endings that cause muscle spasms. It’s often used for cosmetic facial procedures, but it can also be used to support dental treatments.
If you’ve tried other treatment options and are looking for a minimally invasive alternative to certain dental issues, your dental specialist may recommend this treatment. He or she will work with you to create a comprehensive dental plan in which Botox can be used tosupport the treatment for various conditions that cause symptoms such as teeth grinding, jaw clenching, and headaches.
How can Botox help with TMJ?
The temporomandibular joint (TMJ) is a sliding hinge that connects your jawbone to your skull. If this joint becomes dysfunctional, patients often have trouble chewing food and may experience clicking and locking of their jaw. Dentists have named this condition temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD).
Many patients visit their dentist when they experience pain and other uncomfortable TMD symptoms. Often caused by teeth clenching and grinding, this condition causes pain in the jaw and facial muscles, which can result in headaches or earaches.
Botox can help relieve the pain that stems from TMD, as well as reduce the muscle spasms that result from clenching the jaws. Because TMD symptoms usually occur in certain trigger points in the face, many dentists use trigger point injections to relieve pain and reduce tension for their patients in those specific areas. Depending on the severity of symptoms and the dosage prescribed, patients can get relief with Botox for three to four months.
How can Botox help with bruxism?
Bruxism is a term that describes general grinding and clenching of the teeth. Dentists aren’t completely sure why this occurs in their patients, but it is often associated with high levels of stress. Bruxism can have many effects on a patient’s oral health, like damaging the teeth, worsening symptoms of periodontal disease, and potentially causing TMD. Like TMD, bruxism is also associated with symptoms like headaches or earaches.
Dentists often use Botox to treat Bruxism. It can help relieve muscle spasms or muscle tension that results from clenching the jaws, and in turn, it can help relieve the facial pain many patients experience.
How can Botox support orthodontic therapy?
Orthodontists undergo extensive training to learn about the anatomy and structure of the face. This includes knowing and understanding the location of a patient’s nerves and muscles. They utilize this knowledge of facial anatomy when planning orthodontic treatment and the realignment of teeth.
However, relapse can happen if orthodontists don’t properly consider the facial muscles after orthodontic treatment is complete. This can cause hyperactive muscles in the face and disrupt the recent alignment of the teeth. If this occurs, Botox can help relieve that muscle tension or potential spasms, as well as any teeth grinding or clenching that occurs after teeth realignment.
How can Botox support cosmetic dental procedures?
Most patients’ reason for visiting a dentist in the first place is to achieve a bright, white smile. In addition to undergoing preventative dental care, many patients are also scheduling appointments for regular cosmetic procedures like teeth whitening and veneers to improve their smiles. After you visit your dentist for these cosmetic procedures, you’ll be sure to want to show off your smile to everyone you encounter.
Dentists are recommending Botox treatments to patients to help support and enhance their cosmetic procedures. It can help compliment the appearance of your teeth when smiling. Botox can be used to eliminate the wrinkles around your mouth, as well as heighten your lips when you smile. Show off more of those pearly whites when you get Botox after your teeth whitening procedure.
Contact Us for Botox Treatments Today
Botox is a new and little-known treatment that can assist in more than just cosmetic facial procedures. It can help you with many dental issues you may be experiencing. Just ask your dentist at your next checkup!
If you’re interested in learning more aboutBotox for dental treatments and you’d like to know how these treatments can benefit you, call our practice today! Our experienced and certified Botox dentists are here to help create a personalized treatment plan just for you.
Many people are familiar with Botox when it comes to cosmetic facial treatments to reduce wrinkles and fine lines. It’s one of the most popular procedures in the aesthetic field. However, many dentists are now starting to offer this treatment in their dental offices as well. Its muscle-relaxing properties are known to help support many dental conditions and treatments already offered at your local dentist’s office.
Read on to learn more about Botox, and to get answers to some of the most common questions asked about this popular dental procedure.
All You Need to Know about Botox for Dental Treatments
Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is an injection that comes from a neurotoxic protein. Although many people know it for its cosmetic use, it’s also being used more and more fortherapeutic purposes. It can support dentists in both oral and maxillofacial procedures.
Botox injections inhibit the release of acetylcholine. When injected into the muscle, Botox attaches to nerve endings and blocks the transmission of nerve signals that cause muscle contractions. It affects only the motor neurons; when the muscle cannot contract, the motion that wrinkles the skin will also stop. Thus, the skin smooths out, and any muscle tension can be relieved.
This injection can help patients by reducing the intensity of muscle contractions or eliminating them altogether by causing temporary muscle paralysis. Dentists are using this procedure more and more to support patients who experience symptoms that cause them pain and tension in the face and jaw.
1. How long does Botox last?
When you visit your dentist for a Botox treatment, he or she will create a regular treatment plan to maintain your results. Depending on the severity of your condition, your dentist will recommend a certain dosage and how often to come back for touch-up treatments. Botox injections can last around three to six months, depending on your dosage.
Over time, muscle action will return to the face, so it is recommended for patients to return to their specialists to continue regular treatment.
How fast will I notice the results of Botox?
Depending on the location and the size of the muscle that received an injection, you may begin to see results within a few days to two weeks.
2. Why do dentists administer Botox?
The reason why dentists should administer Botox vary from patient to patient. Dentists may recommend Botox treatments to a patient who is experiencing certain pain or tension in the maxillofacial muscles. It is often a great option when other treatments do not work to relieve pain and muscle tension in the face and jaw, or when a patient is looking for a minimally invasive treatment option for their discomfort.
Botox injections can help treat conditions that cause face and jaw pain like bruxism and TMD, or other general symptoms of teeth grinding and clenching. It can also help dental patients who are experiencing trouble with new dentures by relaxing the muscles and helping them keep the prosthetic in their mouth. Orthodontic patients can also benefit from Botox, as it can help retrain the facial muscles during or after teeth alignment procedures.
Why should I go to the dentist for Botox?
Dentists are specialists in the oral and maxillofacial area, meaning they are knowledgeable about the location and structure of the nerve endings and muscles in a patient’s face. Because they are already familiar with this anatomy, they can better plan treatment with Botox. Our dentists Dr. Barry and Dr. Love are not only talented and experienced dentists, but they are also certified, Botox doctors. This means they completed special training to learn how to administer Botox treatment properly and safely to support your oral health.
3. What are some benefits of Botox?
Botox injections can be a great option when other treatments have failed to resolve your issue. They work to relieve the muscle tension associated with clenching the teeth and the symptoms that come with it (headache, earache, and general pain in the face).
Botox is a minimally invasive procedure, so it’s great for patients who do not want to undergo more serious treatments like surgery.
This procedure can also help support other dental treatments. Many dentists utilize Botox in conjunction with other treatments when patients are experiencing muscle tension and muscle spasms. It can be paired with orthodontic or prosthodontic treatments, as well as used for patients experiencing TMD or bruxism.
Botox is not only great for its cosmetic uses, but it is growing more and more common as a useful therapeutic treatment.
Learn More about How Botox Can Support Your Dental Treatments
Are you curious about Botox and how you can benefit from it in your next dental treatment? Contact ourcertified Botox doctors today to learn more. We can answer more of your questions and help you develop a treatment plan to get the smile of your dreams.
Dental implants can change the look of a smile that has been compromised due to missing teeth or from damage or decay. For those who suffer from insecurity or an inability to eat or speak normally, replacing teeth with dental implants is a life-changer. Whether a patient is missing one tooth or multiple teeth, the Lifetime Dental Health team can make a difference by discussing the option of dental implants and getting the ball rolling towards a better looking and functioning smile.
For those who are curious about what dental implants are all about or are ready to make a change for the better and get started with this solution, here is more information to get you better informed about the process. We have been replacing teeth with dental implants for a long time, and patients have been extremely satisfied with the stunning results. Natural-looking and comfortable, dental implants are a real game-changer for those seeking repair and renewal.
Will anyone notice my dental implants?
Dental implants are remarkable. They look just like natural teeth and feel that way to the wearer too. Unless you tell them, no one will ever know they are not your real teeth. The color, shape, structure, and size are all designed to look best for the individual; every dental implant is specifically crafted to suit the patient. All anyone will notice is how lovely your smile looks.
How are dental implants put in? Are they removable?
Dental implants are placed in one of two ways. Either they are directly attached to the jawbone like your real roots would be or we will have custom-made metal frameworks made which will be anchored by mini dental implants. The second route is recommended for those with thin bone. In most cases, the former process is put in place. That said, dental implants are not removable. They stay put just like regular teeth. They are strong, secure, and stable. Unlike dentures, they stay in 24/7.
How long does the process take?
The entire process can take several months from your first consultation through the healing process to the final placement of the dental implants. First, we must place the artificial tooth root (made of biocompatible materials – bone-like ceramic and metals) into the jawbone. Screws and posts are fitted, and then we must wait for the gums to heal as the roots fuse with the jawbone. This can take up to six months to heal satisfactorily. Once healed, the implants are fitted. The wait may seem long but it’s the only safe and secure way to go about this procedure. Believe us, it’s worth the wait!
Will the process be painful?
You will be under local anesthetic while we do the dental implant procedure, so the pain won’t be a concern.
Will you have to remove any of my healthy teeth in order to fit me for dental implants?
Dental implant placement does not require any removal of healthy teeth. Each implant is separate from the rest, so there is no need to make space to secure one in place. We may need to remove decayed or damaged teeth for replacement, but those will be the teeth that will be replaced by the implant.
How do I properly care for my dental implants? Is there anything special I will need to do once they are placed?
Consider them as you would your natural teeth. Brush and floss regularly and maintain good oral hygiene. And don’t forget to keep up with your regular cleaning appointments.
How long will my dental implants last?
Dental implants are remarkably strong and durable. For some patients, they can last a lifetime.
Will the implants be uncomfortable?
Dental implants are designed for comfort. You may need a little time to get used to them when they are first placed, but before long, they will feel just like your natural teeth…only better.
Am I a good candidate for dental implants?
During your consultation, we will examine your teeth and mouth to determine if you are a good candidate for receiving dental implants. If you have missing teeth, damage, or decay, you are already a prime candidate. But every patient is different, so we’ll discuss your particular concerns during your appointment.
If you are concerned about the cost, we’ll work with you regarding financing options in-house. Our goal is to provide solutions for your smile. Affordability is achievable, so don’t dismiss this process if you think you’ll be unable to pay.
Are you interested in getting dental implants? The first step is to call Lifetime Dental Health and book a consultation. Our number is 614-451-2234. Dental implants can transform your smile and self-confidence. Why struggle with missing teeth, irreparable damage or decay, or live in fear of flashing your smile? There’s a solid solution in dental implants.
Microneedling at the dentist? It may sound strange to some, but this cosmetic procedure is something we proudly offer at Lifetime Dental Health, along with our array of cosmetic dentistry services which vastly improve your smile. Your skin is the first thing people see, so your self-confidence may stem from its tone and texture. Let’s lift your spirits with smoother and silkier skin, right from the comfort of the dentist’s chair with the magic of microneedling.
Fine lines and wrinkles are going to affect us all (if they haven’t already). And for those with minimal scarring (like the red spots you may see from old acne scars), this process is a healing hope. If you are seeing aging or otherwise compromised skin that could use a beneficial boost, microneedling is the answer. By getting just below the skin’s surface, this in-office process heals as it helps. The difference is noticeable and you will be pleased by the nearly pain-free process. Here is what you should know about microneedling and what you can expect should you choose to make the most of your Lifetime Dental Health experience by booking a microneedling appointment with us.
Does microneedling hurt?
You will certainly feel the procedure, but it doesn’t exactly hurt. Think of it as tiny pinpricks just touching the skin and delving just beneath the surface. So, it’s not like a major needle injected into the body; it’s much less pressure and therefore less pain. Some people don’t mind the feeling at all, while others are more sensitive. But you’ll get through it, as it’s minimally invasive and relatively quick to complete.
How long will the microneedling process take?
Expect the session to last about 30 minutes, give or take, depending upon the area being treated.
How does microneedling work?
All those tiny pricks/punctures actually injure the skin, but the “injury” won’t last long or look that way. What happens is that the skin self-repairs from the inside out, stimulating cell growth as well as collagen and elastin renewal. This natural process makes the skin look far healthier, with a fresh-faced glow that you will see right away. As the skin heals, the effects are long lasting, as the cells are now healthier, ready to ward off fine lines and wrinkles and replace the scarred skin with new cells.
Will my skin bleed during the procedure?
There will be slight bleeding, but it won’t last long. The pricks do go beneath the surface of the skin, so naturally, it will cause mild bleeding. We will take care of the bleeding before you go home and you’ll feel OK to do so.
How do I care for my skin post-microneedling?
Your skin will be sensitive at first, so you may not want to go about your normal routine. We will provide tips for you to follow post-procedure and let you know which sorts of products are safe to use. It’s also advisable to stay out of the sun. Follow instructions until your skin is fully repaired.
Aside from wrinkles and scarring, is microneedling helpful in clearing up any other skin conditions/concerns?
Microneedling has been effective in reducing the appearance of stretch marks, cellulite, and reduces the appearance of large pores. It can tighten skin that sags too. Some studies have found that it can stimulate hair growth as well. This all-around skin saver is something many people are satisfied with.
Am I a good candidate for microneedling?
Just like any other procedure, not every patient is a prime candidate for microneedling. If you have an infection, severe acne, keloids, or a bleeding disorder, we’d likely advise that you do not consider microneedling. We won’t perform the procedure on anyone we think is a poor candidate. Your safety comes first. We assess every individual during a consultation to be sure if microneedling is a smart choice.
Are you interested in microneedling? It’s not the first thing you may have thought of when you made your appointment at Lifetime Dental Health, but it’s something we offer that can make an improvement in your appearance. We care for your smile, so why not your skin? Many patients have left the office with a glorious glow after receiving a microneedling treatment. It is effective and easy to do; all you need to do is sit back, relax, and let us rejuvenate you.
For more information regarding microneedling and our other cosmetic offerings, give Lifetime Dental Health a call at 614-333-8605. Our caring and well-informed staff will answer all they can over the phone, and Drs. Barry and Love can get into more detail when you see one of them in person during a consultation or exam.
You will be impressed with the ravishing results of microneedling. Just like the dazzling smiles we deliver, we can make your skin shine too!
Crowns, also known as caps, have been around for decades serving as a solution for cracked, chipped, broken or fragile teeth. Crowns are a type of tooth covering that fits over the entire tooth, including the chewing surface. They’re an effective way to protect and strengthen a tooth that has become weakened or has undergone dental trauma. Crowns also fit over and protect teeth that have had a root canal. Crowns can even make an excellent cosmetic treatment for discolored teeth that are too severely stained or malformed to be whitened or bonded. We prefer to use CEREC Same-Day Crowns.
Getting a traditional dental crown takes several visits to the dentist. First, your dentist would prepare the tooth and take impressions. Those impressions would be sent to a lab where they’d form the basis of a permanent crown. In the meantime, you’d wear a temporary crown before finally having the permanent crown placed. There are a lot of steps involved in getting a traditional crown, so it’s not a one-visit procedure. It can take weeks, even months, before you’re finally finished with the traditional method of getting a crown.
What is CEREC technology?
CEREC technology adds convenience, precision, and comfort to the process of getting a crown. CEREC (Ceramic Restoration, or Chairside Economical Restoration of Esthetic Ceramic) is an integrated 3D scanning and milling system that lets you get a dental crown in one visit. Same-day crowns are created by CEREC and uses computer-aided design (CAD) and computer-aided manufacturing (CAM) to make your crown in one day. The convenience of CEREC is simply unparalleled.
The CEREC system digitally scans your tooth, using a special intraoral camera to create a refined digital impression that’s sent to a milling machine. The digital image is transferred to the milling machine, which gets to work making your crown. The CEREC milling machine that forms your crown from a single block of tooth-colored ceramic is phenomenally precise, capturing every last detail that needs to be replicated for a perfect fit.
All the equipment, from the scanner to the milling machine, is right there in the same office, where any adjustments required can be made by your dentist immediately. Your crown is custom-fitted for your needs and fabricated in one place. Your dentist will make all the fine adjustments in that same visit, including cementing the crown in place and getting you on your way.
What are the benefits of CEREC? Are there drawbacks?
The main benefits of CEREC Same-Day Crowns are convenience and time saved for patients. Getting a crown fitted and placed in a single day, in a single visit, is light-years ahead of the traditional method. In the more traditional method of crown placement, you would need at least two visits to have a crown created and placed. It could take weeks or longer for a crown to be perfectly fitted to your needs, where CEREC needs only one day.
Traditional crowns require you to wear a temporary crown between the initial and final visits, but you won’t have to deal with temporary crowns with CEREC. The crown you get is the first and final crown.
While there are no major drawbacks to the CEREC system, traditional metal crowns can be a better choice in cases where the tooth’s roots are very fragile and need extensive reinforcement.
How long do CEREC crowns last?
CEREC crowns are made from a single block of high-density porcelain and last from 10 to 15 years. They can last far longer than that, but habits like tooth grinding can shorten their effective lifespans.
Who can have CEREC crowns?
In most situations where a traditional crown is called for, a CEREC crown can be used. In other words, most patients are good candidates for CEREC crowns. They can strengthen brittle or fragile teeth, as well as teeth that have been weakened by large amalgam fillings.
If you’re looking for a same-day restoration solution, CEREC crowns are the way to go. The accuracy of the restoration combined with the convenience of getting the crown placed in one visit is an unbeatable combination.
Cosmetic dentistry is the branch of the dental arts and sciences that is focused on delivering the most attractive smile to patients. Like all the branches of dentistry, there can be some overlap between function and aesthetics; that is, cosmetic treatment may also restore some function to a tooth or teeth, although the main objective of cosmetic dentistry is to improve the appearance of the teeth and smile. Teeth can be improved in terms of color, shape, and alignment to create a more appealing smile.
What can cosmetic dentistry do for me?
Cosmetic dentistry improves the look of your teeth and smile, and there are many procedures under the umbrella of cosmetic dentistry. Below we describe some of the most popular and how they can help you reach your smile goals.
A professional teeth whitening session is the easiest and often quickest of all cosmetic dental procedures. Performed in the office, teeth whitening uses a professional, prescription-strength hydrogen and carbamide peroxide gel that penetrates and saturates into the tooth’s enamel, getting deep into the microtubules that permeate teeth. The peroxide lifts away stains and discolorations, lightening your teeth three to five shades, sometimes more.
Laser whitening is also available. Laser whitening uses a very powerful whitening agent that is around 40% peroxide. After the whitening gel is placed on the teeth, the laser’s heat boosts the process along. Although laser whitening must be done in the dental office, there are many products available over-the-counter for more conventional whitening. These products don’t work as rapidly as a professional whitening procedure; neither are they as effective, but they do make an excellent supplement to professional teeth whitening.
Veneers are thin shells of tooth-colored materials such as ceramic porcelain laminate or composite resin. Veneers fit over the surface of teeth and hide stains and discolorations that teeth whitening cannot remove. Veneers can help fix misshapen or misaligned teeth to restore functionality and create a better-looking smile as well. A dentist must shave the outer layer of the teeth so that they will fit properly, and then will attach the veneers. Veneers normally last for years and will perfectly match your other teeth so that no one will even know they are there.
A dentist uses dental bonding to fix cracked, chipped, misshapen or discolored teeth. A special tooth-colored enamel-like composite resin is applied to the teeth, then shaped to fit, polished and hardened through the use of a special blue light that causes chemicals in the resin to harden and fuse to the tooth. The result is a smooth, natural-looking tooth surface.
Reshaping contours the enamel of the tooth until it’s in a more aesthetically pleasing form. Sometimes this is an ideal choice for misshapen teeth, requiring less time than veneers or bonding. A sanding drill is used to reshape the tooth until imperfections are removed. The process rarely requires sedation and is painless.
Bridges are a cosmetic solution that can also help a person chew, eat and talk better. Bridges replace missing teeth by being anchored to natural teeth on either side of the gap formed by the missing teeth. In this way, bridges ‘bridge’ the space left by missing teeth. Unlike partial dentures, bridges are fixed in place and cannot be removed, except by a dentist.
Dental implants replace missing teeth and provide a natural-looking, permanent solution. They help patients to chew, eat and speak naturally, and help to prevent bone loss. Implants are composed of three pieces: a titanium post, an abutment, and the artificial tooth. The titanium post is set directly into the jawbone, where it helps stimulate blood flow to the bone tissue. The abutment is an attachment point affixed directly to the post, and the artificial tooth, colored to match your natural teeth, then sits on top of the abutment.
Gum lifts or Gum shaping
Gums can be too high on the tooth line or too low. A gum lift reshapes the gums to help teeth look longer and straighter.
Braces and Orthodontic Appliances
Braces realign crooked or misaligned teeth, making smiles straighter and more appealing. They also improve the bite by correcting overbites, underbites, open bites, crossbites, and/or gaps. Modern dental appliances no longer have to be made of metal as well. Clear braces can also be a great option, as they are not very noticeable and allow you to straighten your teeth with aligners you can take off. Although most severe instances of malocclusion must still be treated with traditional metal braces, many cases of mild to moderate misalignment can be addressed with clear braces.
Any general dentist can perform most cosmetic services, and many only take only a couple of visits to complete. If you’re curious about how we can improve your smile, give us a call today! You may be surprised at how easy it is to get a bright, white smile!