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Botox® is a minimally-invasive treatment that does more than smooth crow’s feet and frown lines. Carrollton Family Dental in Carrollton, Ohio, is pleased to provide the injectable medication for dental care, such as reduced jaw pain related to TMJ. To learn more or get started, call the office or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
What is Botox?
Botox is an injectable medication that trained health care providers inject into specific muscles. It temporarily paralyzes the area, leading to a variety of benefits. While Botox is well-known for its cosmetic effects — namely reducing mild to moderate crow’s feet and frown lines for up to four months — it’s also used to treat health conditions, including a number of dental concerns.
How is Botox used in dentistry?
Your dentist may recommend Botox injections if you’re struggling with:
- Temporomandibular disorder (TMJ)
- Parafunctional clenching
- Trismus, also known as lockjaw, caused by muscle spasms
- Headaches associated with these conditions
While Botox won’t likely be the first plan of action for these issues, it may help when more conventional treatments fail to help.
How does Botox help TMJ?
Your temporomandibular joint plays an important role in daily activities, such as eating, talking, and swallowing. If it’s overworked or becomes displaced through a lot of teeth grinding, you can experience intense headaches and jaw pain. Botox can help by keeping jaw muscles from engaging in the movements, such as grinding, from happening as often or intensely.
Do Botox injections hurt?
Botox uses tiny needles, so many people experience only minimal discomfort. Each injection may feel like a tiny pinch or bug bite. For added comfort, your dentist may apply an ice pack or topical numbing cream to the area beforehand.
How long does Botox take to work?
The actual Botox treatments are quick, usually taking 10-30 minutes. From there, most patients notice relief from symptoms such as TMJ pain within a day or two, although it may take up to a week for relief to set in.
Are there any side effects?
Like all medications, Botox may cause side effects. Luckily, most are mild and temporary. The most common possibilities include headaches, nausea, flu-like symptoms, or bruising or pain around the injection sites. Botox injections around the mouth for TMJ are more likely to cause side effects, such as difficulty eating or talking, and drooling. Avoid Botox while pregnant or nursing, because whether it affects the infant isn’t known.
How much Botox will I need?
The number of Botox injections needed varies, depending on the severity and specifics of your symptoms. Because it’s possible that you could develop antibodies that render the medication ineffective for TMJ pain, your dentist starts with the minimal amount needed.
Periodontal disease is a relatively common condition that can cause pain, swelling, bleeding, and infection in the gums surrounding your teeth. Luckily, it can be managed, especially if it’s caught early. Carrollton Family Dental in Carrollton, Ohio, offers effective diagnostic and treatment options for periodontal disease. To begin benefitting, call the office or book an appointment using the online scheduler.
What is periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease, also called gum disease or periodontitis, is a condition that derives from bacterial growth in your mouth. It often starts out as gingivitis, or inflammation of your gums caused by plaque buildup. If you catch and address gingivitis early, it may not progress to periodontal disease.
When gingivitis does progress into periodontitis, the inner layer of your gum pulls away from your teeth. This creates pockets which easily gather food particles and bacteria, which can lead to infection. Meanwhile, toxins start breaking down connective tissue and bone that secure your teeth.
As the disease worsens, the pockets grow deeper and more bone and tissue is destroyed. Eventually, the teeth can become loose and fall out. Periodontal disease is the top cause of tooth loss in adults.
What causes periodontal disease?
The buildup of plaque is the main cause of periodontal disease. Other factors that increase your risk include:
- Family history of dental disease
- Hormonal changes associated with puberty, menstruation, pregnancy, or menopause
- Illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, and HIV
- Medications that reduce saliva flow or cause abnormal gum tissue growth
- Poor oral hygiene habits, such as not brushing or flossing daily
What are the symptoms of periodontal disease?
Periodontal disease may produce relatively few noticeable symptoms early on, so it’s important to see your dentist regularly. Symptoms may include:
- Deep pockets between your teeth and gums
- Loose teeth
- Gums that bleed when you brush or floss your teeth
- Persistent bad breath or foul taste in your mouth
- Red, tender, or swollen gums
- Shifts in the way your teeth fit together
How is periodontal disease treated?
Treatment for periodontal disease varies, depending on factors such as the severity of your symptoms and your overall wellness. Treatment options may include:
- Professional cleanings, potentially more than twice per year, to remove plaque and tartar
- Scaling and root planing, which is a nonsurgical procedure that scrapes plaque and tartar away and smoothes out rough spots
- Surgery to reduce the size of your pockets, stimulate bone growth, reinforce thin gums with soft tissue grafts, regenerate tissue, or smooth out shallow craters
Porcelain veneers can give you that bright, white, and straighter smile you’ve wanted without the need for replacing your teeth or having lengthier treatments, such as braces. Unlike options such as dentures, your teeth remain intact. To find out if you’re a good candidate for porcelain veneers, see a dentist at Carrollton Family Dental in Carrollton, Ohio. To schedule a consultation, call the office or use the online scheduler.
What are porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers, also called dental veneers, are thin, custom-made shells made of a tooth-colored material that covers the front surfaces of your teeth for an improved appearance. Veneers are bonded to your teeth, altering their color, shape, size, or length. While some veneers are made out of resin, the porcelain varieties provided at Carrollton Family Dental resist stains better and imitate the light-reflecting ability of natural teeth.
When are porcelain veneers used?
Porcelain veneers are used to address a variety of tooth-related concerns, such as teeth that are:
- Chipped or broken
- Misaligned, uneven, or unusually shaped
- Spaced apart with gaps
- Worn down
What is the process like?
Porcelain veneers usually require three dental visits, including a consultation and two visits for the application. Once your treatment plan is ready, the application process starts with the removal of about 1/2 millimeter of enamel from the surfaces of the teeth. Your dentist numbs the area in advance, so you won’t feel uncomfortable.
Then an impression of your teeth is created and sent to a laboratory, where the veneers are created. Once the veneers are ready, which takes two to four weeks, your dentist makes sure they fit well, then permanently secures them to your teeth. Next, a special light activates chemicals in the cement for quick hardening.
Finally, your dentist removes any excess cement. You may have a follow-up visit to ensure your gums are reacting well to the veneers.
What are the benefits of porcelain veneers?
Porcelain veneers are natural-looking and gums tolerate the material well. You can choose the desired color for the veneers, which allows for a lighter, brighter look if your natural teeth have been stained over the years. They tend to be stronger than alternatives, such as crowns, and take a lot less time than braces.
Are there any downsides?
Dental veneers are not reversible, so it’s important that you’re confident about your decision. They’re also fairly costly, and typically not covered by insurance. If you have unhealthy teeth or gum disease, you may not be a good candidate for veneers.
How long do veneers last?
Veneers typically last 7-15 years before they need to be replaced. Taking good care of your teeth and seeing your dentist regularly can help ensure longer-lasting results.
A dental crown can help improve the appearance and strength of a tooth that’s missing or damaged, due to decay, infection, or injury. Whether you have an old crown that could use replacing or you need a brand new one, Carrollton Family Dental in Carrollton, Ohio, can help. To start the process, call or book an appointment using the online scheduler.
What are dental crowns?
A dental crown is basically a tooth-shaped cap that’s placed over an existing tooth for restored appearance, shape, size, or strength. Once in place, it fully covers the tooth beneath it. While some crowns are temporary, others are permanent. You may have a temporary crown, which is made more quickly and on-site until a permanent one can be completed.
Why would I need a dental crown?
Dental crowns serve a variety of specific purposes, including:
- Covering and supporting a tooth with a sizable filling when little tooth remains
- Improving the appearance of an irregular tooth
- Keeping a dental bridge secure
- Protecting a weak tooth from breaking, or holding parts of a cracked tooth together
- Restoring a broken tooth or one that’s been significantly worn down
Can kids get dental crowns?
Children can benefit from dental crowns. In these cases, the crown serves one of the following purposes:
Protecting teeth at high risk for decay, particularly if a child has trouble maintaining healthy oral hygiene habits
Minimizing the frequency of general anesthesia — in kids who aren’t good candidates for “going under” — that would be needed for alternate dental services
Supporting a decayed tooth that’s so damaged it can’t support a filling
What are crowns made of?
Dental crowns consist of a variety of materials, including:
- A metal, such as gold
- Ceramic material
- Porcelain, fused to metal
- Stainless steel
Your dentist determines the ideal crown option for you, based on your specific needs.
What is the process of getting a crown like?
A dental crown usually takes two dental visits. At your first appointment, your dentist prepares the tooth the crown will cover. X-rays may be taken, and your dentist reshapes the tooth so the crown will fit properly over it. At this time, you’ll likely get a temporary crown. At the next visit, your dentist replaces the temporary crown with the permanent one, securing it with a special cement.
How long do dental crowns last?
Dental crowns typically last 5-15 years, depending on how well you care for your teeth through oral hygiene habits, and how much wear and tear the crown is exposed to. Frequently biting your fingernails, grinding your teeth, or using your teeth to open packages can increase this wearing down. Chewing hard foods such as popcorn and ice may harm a crown, too. Minimizing these practices and scheduling regular cleanings can help crowns last longer.
Dental implants are a long-lasting alternative to dental bridges and dentures, and they look natural and function just like natural teeth. If you’ve lost one or more adult teeth or could use one or more replacements for other reasons, talk to a dentist at Carrollton Family Dental in Carrollton, Ohio, to find out if implants can help. To book a consultation, use the online scheduler.
What are dental implants?
Dental implants are ultra strong and stable devices that replace a missing or severely damaged tooth with an artificial one that looks and functions like a regular tooth. They’re considered more cost-effective and reliable than alternatives, such as bridges or dentures. Implants last longer than 10 years, versus the five to seven years bridges tend to last. Your dentist may recommend one or many implants, depending on the state of your teeth and overall health.
How are implants different than dentures?
Unlike dentures, which can move around and limit chewing capabilities, dental implants act like regular teeth. You never take them out, and there’s no need for special creams or adhesives to hold them in place. You simply eat, brush, and floss as usual. Implants also look natural, whereas dentures can sometimes appear a bit fake.
How do I know if I’m a good candidate?
If you’re healthy enough to undergo routine oral surgery, you can probably get a dental implant. You need to have healthy gums and enough bone to hold the implant, and be willing to commit to regular dental visits and conscientious home oral hygiene care.
Dental implants aren’t ideal for people who smoke heavily, have an uncontrolled chronic disorder, such as heart disease or diabetes, or have undergone radiation therapy in the head or neck area. Your dentist can help determine if you’re a good candidate.
What is the process for getting a dental implant?
Once you’re approved for a dental implant, your dentist team customizes a treatment plan. This usually starts with the placement of a small titanium post in the bone socket of the missing tooth, using local or general anesthesia. In some cases, a damaged tooth needs to be removed first. As your jawbone heals, it grows around the metal post, securing it in your jaw, which can take 6-12 weeks.
Next, your dentist attaches a small connector post to hold the crown in place. This crown is created from impressions of your teeth, taken by your dentist. You receive a temporary crown until the permanent one is ready, at which point your dentist swaps it out. The permanent crown is placed in a painless procedure, then you can eat and brush normally.
How often should I brush my teeth?
Tooth-brushing is an important aspect of oral hygiene. Aim to brush twice each day, using a fluoride toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush with a comfortable fit for your mouth. For added benefits, consider using an electric toothbrush, which better minimizes plaque and gingivitis, a common form of gum disease, compared to manual brushing.
When should I replace my toothbrush?
Make sure you aren’t using an old toothbrush because heavily used bristles won’t clean your teeth as effectively. Aim to replace your disposable toothbrush or the head on your electric toothbrush every three to four months. If the bristles look frayed, replace it sooner.
How important is flossing?
Flossing plays a hugely important role in dental hygiene. The string allows you to reach and clean tiny, tight spaces between your teeth and beneath your gum-line, which toothbrushes can’t typically reach.
How can I floss well?
Flossing well takes more than zipping the string in and out quickly between your teeth. To floss effectively, break off a piece of dental floss, about 18 inches long, winding most of it around your middle finger on one hand. Wind the rest around your other middle finger.
Gripping the floss tightly between your forefingers and thumbs, guide it between your teeth with a rubbing motion. When it reaches your gumline, curve it against the tooth and slide it back up. Continue this process throughout your mouth, unwinding fresh floss as you go. If you can’t seem to get into the habit of flossing, consider using a dental pick, tiny flossing brushes, or pre-threaded flossers.
Is mouthwash helpful?
Mouthwash can be a helpful addition to oral hygiene care for some people ages six and up, but it should not replace brushing or flossing. Cosmetic mouthwash can temporarily control bad breath. Therapeutic mouthwashes have ingredients, such as fluoride, that fight plaque and tooth decay.
How often should I see the dentist?
Routine dental visits are a key part of oral hygiene, both to receive professional cleanings and to make sure any issues are caught and addressed early. Having checkups twice a year works well for many people. If you have a dental disease or are at high risk for one, you may benefit from a checkup every three to four months.
If the notion of sitting in a dentist’s chair fills you with angst, you may benefit from sedation dentistry. This type of care uses sedatives to keep you relaxed during your dental visits or treatment, usually without the need for IVs. Carrollton Family Dental is pleased to offer sedation dentistry for children and adults in Carrollton, Ohio. To learn more or get started, call the office or use the online scheduler to book an appointment.
What is sedation dentistry?
Sedation dentistry allows adults and children prone to anxiety or stress about dental work to have a more relaxed, comfortable experience. Sedatives, such as anti-anxiety medications, depressants, nitrous oxide, or tranquilizers, are used to ease the common concerns known as dental phobia.
How is it administered?
The only sedative option for this type of dental care used to be intravenous, which is injected into the blood vessels of the arm or hand. Now many additional options are available. Oral sedation is the most commonly-used technique in the United States. It’s simple and noninvasive, requiring no needles.
Will I feel awake during the treatment?
The medications used for sedation dentistry are so effective in creating ease that most people don’t even recall much about the visit. While you’ll technically be awake, you may feel as though you slept through the entire process. A procedure that took hours to perform may feel as though it took a few minutes.
What are the benefits of sedation dentistry?
In addition to feeling calmer and your treatment seeming quicker, sedation dentistry allows many people to get the dental care they need, but would normally be too fearful of the procedure. People who receive it tend to schedule more routine checkups, which improves overall oral wellness. Sedation dentistry also allows people who wish for a cosmetic change in their teeth the chance to do so, while feeling more comfortable during the treatment and confident about their smile once it’s done.
Are there any side effects?
The side effects of oral sedation tend to be mild and temporary. These include loss of concentration and poor coordination, which is why it’s important to have a friend or family member drive you home after your appointment. Sometimes people experience less appetite, lowered libido, or nightmares, but these are rare and short-lived.
The most common side effect of nitrous oxide is nausea, which usually only occurs if you’re overly sedated. Poor memory may linger on after IV sedation, and other possible side effects depend on the medication used. For ensured safety and assurance, discuss your health history and any concerns you have with your dentist beforehand.
Dentures are removable replacements for teeth you’ve lost or need to be extracted, due to problems such as injury or decay. Depending on the state of your teeth, you may benefit from partial dentures or a full set. To find out if you’re a good candidate for either, talk to a dentist at Carrollton Family Dental in Carrollton, Ohio. Get started by booking an appointment using the online scheduler.
What are dentures?
If you’ve lost all of your teeth due to an injury, gum disease, or decay, dentures can help restore your smile while making daily tasks easier. The removable devices make eating and talking more comfortable than they tend to be without teeth. Dentures can also improve your facial structure because without teeth the face can take on a sagging, hollowed look. Dentures may also improve your self-confidence.
There are numerous types of dentures, including:
- Conventional dentures, which are placed in your mouth after any remaining teeth are extracted and surrounding tissues have healed
- Immediate dentures, which are inserted the same day your missing teeth are removed
- Overdentures, which fits over a small number of remaining natural teeth your dentist has prepared
What are partial dentures?
Partial dentures work like regular, full dentures, but they only replace some of your teeth. Partial dentures often have a clasp that attaches to some of your surrounding teeth, and look like a metal retainer with some teeth attached.
How do dentures feel?
Dentures may feel a bit awkward at first. They may feel loose while your tongue and cheek muscles attempt to keep them in place, and you may experience mild tenderness or irritation. You may also notice more saliva production. Within a few weeks, however, you and your mouth will likely adjust. If challenges continue or worsen, check in with your dentist.
To eat more effectively when you start wearing your dentures, consider these steps:
- Aim to chew on both sides of your mouth to even out the pressure
- Eat mostly soft foods
- Cut food into small pieces
- Limit or avoid sticky or hard foods, such as caramels or popcorn
- Don’t chew gum whenever you’re wearing dentures
How should I take care of my dentures?
Dentures require similar oral hygiene practices as natural teeth. Brush them daily to get rid of plaque and lingering food bits, and to prevent staining. You also want to rinse your dentures before brushing them, and use a soft-bristled toothbrush. Brush other mouth areas as well, including your inner cheeks, gums, and the roof of your mouth to guard against infection and bad breath.
When you’re not wearing dentures, store them in a safe place, covered in water to prevent warping. If you use an adhesive, choose one with the ADA Seal of Acceptance on the packaging for ensured safety and effectiveness.