What’s So Great About Laser Dentistry?

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There are many dental procedures that greatly benefit from laser dentistry. One of the main reasons is due to how precise and effective laser dentistry is for dental procedures. However, the dentist must be experienced and have the ability to use the dental laser correctly to produce the best results without damaging the patient’s surrounding tissues.

What is a dental laser and how does it work in dentistry?

The dental laser is an instrument that delivers a form of intense light. When used in dentistry, the laser can be used as a cutting instrument or can remove or shape tissue. It can also be used for “curing” a dental filling, the laser helps strengthen the bond between the tooth and filling. Dental lasers are also used in teeth whitening procedures. The laser acts as a heat source and enhances the effects of the cleaning agents.

How are lasers used in dentistry procedures?

As I mentioned earlier, laser dentistry can be used in many dental procedures, some of which include the following:

  • Dental lasers remove and reshape gum and bone tissues during crown lengthening procedures
  • Dental lasers remove inflamed gum tissues and help treat gum disease
  • Dental lasers help remove bacteria during root canal treatments
  • Dental lasers speed up teeth whitening treatments
  • Dental lasers can perform biopsy procedures
  • Dental lasers can expose partially erupted wisdom teeth
  • Dental lasers can be used to remove tooth decay within the tooth

What are the benefits of laser dentistry?

There are many benefits that you can reap from laser dentistry. In certain procedures, dentists may not have to use a drill or administer anesthesia, thus allowing their patient to have a more relaxed and enjoyable experience. Dental lasers also minimize the amount of bleeding because the intense light beam aids in clotting the exposed blood vessels. They also reduce the amount of bacteria in both diseased gum tissue and cavities. Not to mention, laser dentistry helps wounds heal faster and allows tissues to be regenerated as well.

To see if laser dentistry could help improve your oral health, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding laser dentistry.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What Causes a Gummy Smile?

ThinkstockPhotos-185147513Have you noticed your smile showing a little bit more tooth or a little bit more gum than before? If you have, chances are, you may have a condition that’s referred to as excessive gingival display, or what’s more commonly known as a “gummy smile”.

A gummy smile can be caused or be a result of the following:

  • The abnormal eruption of teeth may cause an excessive display of your gum tissue. The excess gum tissue may then make the tooth appear much shorter than it actually is.
  • The muscles responsible for controlling the movement of your upper lips could be hyperactive. This could cause your upper lips to rise up higher, exposing more of your gum tissue every time you smile.
  • Irregularities in the growth and development of the upper jaw bone may cause your teeth to show more gums when you smile. For example, if the upper jaws within the gum tissue has some form of excessive bulging protrusion, you definitely would have a gummy smile.

Is a Gummy Smile Just An Esthetic Problem?

The esthetics of your smile is affected by four main factors, which are the shape and size of your lips and teeth, your facial muscles and your gum tissue.

Ideally, a good smile would show as little gum tissue as possible. It is for this reason that those with gummy smiles feel embarrassed about smiling and rarely want to smile.

A gummy smile, though, is not just an esthetic problem. It is possible that behind that gummy smile could be a serious underlying dental condition. For example, if the gummy smile is the result of improper development of the jaw or tooth, it may lead to bite problems that could undermine your oral health in the long term.

How To Fix A Gummy Smile 

The good thing is that there are plenty of available treatments for a gummy smile, and depending on the nature of your specific care, the treatment could be any of the following:

  • For minor cases, same-day laser treatments.
  • Surgical lip repositioning
  • Orthodontic treatment, such as braces, to help move teeth into their ideal positions.
  • Surgical sculpting of gingival tissues, as well as bone, or better known as gum contouring.
  • Maxillofacial surgery for bone repositioning.
  • Crown lengthening to remove excess gum tissue (and if necessary, this includes the bone) to create an even gum line and improve the appearance of one’s smile.

Most of these treatments are available at a general dentist’s or cosmetic dentist’s clinic. However, in worse cases, you may have to go to a periodontist, orthodontist or even an oral surgeon for treatment.

So many factors come into play when it comes to gummy smiles, which is why the first step in having it treated is to see a specialist first. There, the dental professional will check your teeth and gums to see if what the appropriate treatment for your particular case is.

If you’re suffering from a gummy smile, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to see what treatment options are available for you. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What Are The Different Types of Wrinkles And How Are They Treated?

facial rejuvenation botox and facial fillersAging and the things that come with it are inevitable, but there’s plenty that you can do to help to stave off the effects of father time for a few more years.

Wrinkles, for example, are signs of aging that you can, or rather, should do something about.

The Different Types of Wrinkles

According to the researchers at the University Hospital of Liege, Belgium and their published study that’s found in the International Journal of Cosmetic Science back in 2006, there are four distinct types of wrinkles that everyone has to face eventually.

These are:

  1. Atrophic Crinkling RhytidsThese fine lines are the result of the loss of elasticity in the skin and are usually parallel to one another. They can show up almost anywhere on the face, as well as the body, but may ‘disappear’ when you move your body.

Treatment: These wrinkles are the result of loss of elasticity in the skin, or the loss of collagen. To help stave them off for a few more years, be sure to protect your skin by applying sunscreen whenever you go out of the house. Also, you can use moisturizers to make your skin look more plump and minimize the appearance of these kinds of wrinkles.

  1. Permanent Elastic Creases – These wrinkles are crease lines that may become permanent over time, especially if you’re always exposed to the sun. Although they show up often on the cheeks, these crease lines may also appear on the upper lips and the base of the neck.

Treatment: Minimizing your exposure to the sun and stopping unhealthy habits such as smoking both do wonders in preventing this kind of wrinkling. Also, if you do have to expose yourself to the sun, be sure to use a sunscreen.

  1. Dynamic Expression Lines – These are wrinkles that are the direct result of facial muscle movement. These are also better known as frown or smile lines and crow’s feet.

Treatment: Botox is a type of injectable wrinkle treatment that these types of wrinkles are known to respond quite well to. Botox injections are available at the dermatologist’s and the dentist’s clinic.

  1. Gravitational Folds – As gravity and time takes its toll on the human skin, it begins to fold and sag and that’s when these lines and wrinkles typically occur. It’s been theorized by researchers that having a plumper face can help minimize gravitational folds compared to that of a lean face.

Treatment: Face lifts and other types of cosmetic surgery are the only options as far as this type of wrinkles goes.

While cosmetic treatment is almost always the best choice, it’s not exactly the cheapest. You can yourself a lot of cash by making sure that you don’t stay out of the sun too long and too often, as well as making sure that you wear sunscreen every time you step out of the house. Also, avoiding habits such as smoking and using cosmetic products, such as moisturizers, can help you in your fight against the effects of father time.

Of course, if you can afford them, you can always go for more ‘effective’ and more permanent treatments such as Botox injections and facelifts.

If you’re interested in facial rejuvenation and would like to know more, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding facial rejuvenation.

Dr. Larry Lieberman proudly accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What Is A Dental Crown and Why Would I Need It?

dental crown and bridge palm harbor flCrowns are fixed dental artificial restorations that are fitted and cemented over the remains of a damaged tooth, or implants.

The dentist may recommend crowns for the following cases:

  • To replace a large filling when there’s little tooth left
  • To protect weak and damaged teeth from further fractures
  • To restore the form and function of fractured teeth
  • To act as an anchor where a dental bridge will be attached to
  • To cover a dental implant
  • To cover poorly shaped, damaged, and discolored teeth
  • To cover teeth after getting a root canal treatment

The Different Types

  • Ceramic crowns. These are porcelain-based filling materials and best used for front teeth because of their excellent aesthetic qualities that help them blend well with the natural teeth. However, even if the material is highly resistant to wear and staining, ceramic crowns may be susceptible to breaking or chipping if one chews often enough on hard materials.
  • Porcelain infused with metal. These crowns are much more durable than just ceramic ones. They are excellent in preventing leakage and decreasing the chances of recurring dental decay. However, to place this type of crown, a moderate amount of tooth structure will have to be removed by the dentist or prosthodontist.
  • Gold alloys. These types of crowns are often made from a mixture of gold, copper and other types of metals. They are very durable, resistant to wear, fractures and are highly biocompatible with the gum tissue.
  • Base metal alloys. These types of crowns use non-noble metals and are highly resistant to corrosion, as well as very durable. The material is also gentle to opposing teeth and even better is that dentists won’t have to remove as much healthy tooth structure to fit this type of crown.

What To Expect

Crowns are placed on top of damaged teeth or implants to restore the tooth’s shape, function and structure.

When using porcelain and ceramic crowns, dentists can match the color of the crowns to that of your natural teeth so that they do not stand out. However, the same can’t be said for crowns made out of gold and metal alloys.

The procedure for fitting or installing a dental crown typically takes two separate dental visits, with usually a week or two of interval in between each appointment.

During the first appointment, the dentist will have to examine the tooth to see if it’s a good candidate for a crown. If it is, the dentists prepared it by filling it down. If, however, the tooth has received significant damage, your dentist will have to fill it in with enough material so a crown can be properly fitted over it.

After filling the tooth to the proper shape, the dentist will then take an impression of it and its surrounding teeth, and then send it away to a dental lab. There, a dental technician will create the permanent crown. Though, before the first visit ends, the dentist will have to place a temporary crown to protect the damaged tooth until the final crown is ready.

Once ready, the patient will then go back for a second visit where the dentist removes the temporary crown and place the new crown, using a special adhesive to bond it.

Afterwards, the procedure is done and the dentist will then explain to you what you should expect after (such as the adjustment period) and how to take better care of your crown.

Crowns are necessary to help improve, or restore the function and aesthetics of a broken and damaged tooth.

Do not let yourself suffer any longer from missing, worn down, as well as damaged teeth, and your dentist as soon as possible to see if your tooth is a good candidate for a dental crown.

If you are interested in repairing your damaged tooth with a dental crown, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017. Or visit www.dentist-liberman.com for additional information regarding crowns.

Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What To Do If Your Tooth Chips or Breaks

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Teeth are very strong, but this does not mean they are indestructible. Much like the bone, teeth can chip, crack or break. This may happen if you bite down on something too hard, or if somebody hits you in your face or mouth. The same can also happen if you fall too hard on your face, or if your teeth has cavities, or if your large, old amalgam fillings are no longer able to support the remaining enamel of the tooth.

Of course, when tooth chips, cracks or breaks, it will rarely hurt. At least, at first. However, it can be quite annoying to feel the sharpness of the affected tooth every time you slip your tongue through it. It can also hurt, especially if a large enough piece breaks off. That’s not all, as the nerves found inside the tooth may also be damaged. In even worse cases, you can feel a sharp pain every time you expose the dentin to air, as well as to hot or cold foods and drinks.

Some may also feel pain whenever they chew, or whenever they put pressure on the tooth. Though, more often than not, the pain will usually just come and go.

What To Do 

For cracked and fractured teeth, there’s no way to treat them at home. It is best to see the dentist immediately because even if the tooth looks fine, it may hurt whenever it’s exposed to temperature changes in your mouth. It may also be incredibly painful, a sign of a possibly damaged nerve or blood vessels, which warrants immediate medical attention.

The best way to know if you have a cracked tooth is if it hurts only when you try to release the bite whenever you apply pressure to it.

For those with broken teeth, it is also important to see the dentist as soon as possible. This is so that the dentist can see if a cavity caused the tooth to break. It is also to check if the tooth’s nerve has received any damage, which, if so, will require root canal treatment.

Until you get to the dentist, however, it’s best to do the following:

  • Rinse and gargle with warm water until your mouth is clean.
  • If any area is bleeding, apply pressure with a piece of gauze for ten minutes. If this doesn’t help, try using a tea bag instead.
  • You can also try applying a cold pack to the cheek or lips over the side of the broken tooth to help reduce pain and swelling.
  • If it is not possible for you to see your dentist immediately, try to cover the part of the tooth that’s damaged with a temporary dental cement. You can probably buy this from your local drugstore or pharmacy.
  • If the pain is too much, you can take an over-the-counter pain reliever. Make sure not to overdose.

For a more thorough treatment, however, it is best to have your teeth and mouth checked by a dentist to receive proper treatment. This is the only way for the damage to the teeth to receive proper treatment and prevented from getting worse.

If you would like to get your chipped or broken tooth repaired, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information.

Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

What Energy Drinks Do To Your Teeth

selfieIt’s been a busy few days and all the work’s starting to take its toll on you. You find yourself tired and sleepy, worse still is that you still have a day or so worth of work ahead of you. So, you go down the hall, find the vending machine, look for an energy drink of your flavor of choice, toss in a few bucks and voila, you’ve just found a way to get yourself out of that mid-shift funk.

All is well and good, right? Well, not exactly.

Fact is, even if most people know that drinking energy drinks regularly is bad for the body, it seems that the energy boost isn’t all that worth it, especially since it comes at the expense of your beautiful smile.

How Energy Drinks Are Eating Away At Your Teeth

The main root of the problem is a mix of extremely high sugar content and a citric acid pH that’s usually as low as 2.9 all in one drink.

Now, sugar, as we all know, is bad for the teeth. It’s basically the main cause of cavities and a whole bunch of other dental problems. But, even the extremely high sugar content alone isn’t enough to fully describe just how bad energy drinks are for one’s teeth.

It’s the combination of the sugar content and pH levels that makes energy drinks such a danger to the teeth.

Given that the lower the pH level, the more acidic it is and that an increase in numerical value means the acidity intensifies tenfold, most energy drinks are.

The pH level is what really makes the problem more worrisome, as experts consider anything that has a pH in between 3.0 and 4.0 detrimental to one’s dental health, especially with regular exposure.

With a citric acid pH that’s around 2.9, energy drinks shouldn’t, in any way, be found close to your teeth.

What Does This All Mean?

Anything acidic, when consumed regularly and in high amounts, can cause damage to tooth enamel, which in time can lead to a myriad of dental problems, including tooth sensitivity, tooth discoloration and pain or discomfort in the teeth.

While it is true that a lot of what we consume everyday are somewhat acidic in nature. Like for example, fruits such as oranges and apples has a pH ranging in between 2.8 to 4.0, the teeth are not exposed to as much of it, even if you eat it frequently, as when consuming energy drinks.

With energy drinks, the teeth are exposed to a huge amount of these acidic substances, which leads to it having a similar detrimental effect on teeth as that of carbonated drinks and juices.

Given the negative light carbonated drinks and juices have been put on recently in regards to dental, as well as overall health, it would be wise to limit one’s consumption of energy, as well as sports drinks. And experts actually agree to this.

In addition to minimizing the consumption of sports and energy drinks, plenty of dental professionals recommend chewing sugar-free gum or rinsing their mouth with water after consuming such drinks to promote salivary flow and help the acidity levels of the mouth return to normal.

Brushing one’s teeth immediately after consuming such beverages is not recommended as well. Instead, dentists recommend waiting for an hour to avoid spreading the acid onto the tooth surfaces.

While totally avoiding energy drinks is near-impossible, considering the busy world we live in and how we need the occasional energy boost, it’s important to remember that the dangers of drinking such beverages and what to do after consuming.

For more information regarding your oral health, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com.

Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS accepts patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

Everything You Need To Know About Dentures

false teethDentures are dental appliances used as replacements for missing teeth that can be taken out and placed right back in the mouth when necessary.

While a fairly effective replacement, both in terms of esthetics and function, for real teeth, dentures often are criticized for how long it takes to get used to them and how they’ll never feel the same as one’s natural teeth. However, today’s dentures have been improved to look much better and be much more comfortable to wear.

How Dentures Work

There are three types of dentures – the conventional full denture, the partial denture and the immediate full denture.

The dentist will be the one to recommend which of the three fits your particular case best, or if you’ll benefit better from a different type of dental treatment.

For the dentures, they are custom-made dental appliances that are made in a dental laboratory using impressions that were taken based on the exact specifications of your mouth.

  • Conventional Full Dentures – The conventional full denture is placed in the mouth only after the remaining teeth have been removed and tissues have been given enough time to heal. The healing process typically takes several months, during which time you will be without teeth. Special care instructions are given to prevent complications resulting from the lack of teeth. Also, it is often recommended to change one’s diet until the gums and its tissues have fully healed.
  • Immediate Full Dentures – his type of denture is inserted immediately after all the remaining teeth have been removed. Thus, it is a viable alternative for those who don’t want to go through the hassle of living without their teeth for months. The drawback, though, is that multiple dental visits are necessary as the dentures will have to be relined because the bone supporting the teeth changes its shape as it heals, which if not corrected will cause the denture to become loose.
  • Partial Dentures – Partial dentures are placed on top of a metal framework that’s attached to the remaining natural teeth. In many cases, crowns are placed on top of some of the natural teeth to serve as anchors for the dentures and to ensure a better, more stable fit. Partial dentures are often advised to those who dislike the permanent nature of dental bridges.

 

Do Dentures Really Feel Awkward?

Yes, especially for the first few months. Eating and speaking with dentures will take a lot of time getting used to. Even your cheeks and tongue will have to learn how to hold your dentures properly in place, resulting in you feeling that the dentures are a bit loose.

It is also not uncommon for you to experience excessive saliva flow and feel that the tongue is a bit cramped inside your mouth, or that you’re suddenly developing minor irritations and soreness.

If, however, the irritations are no longer what you’d consider as minor, be sure to see your dentist.

How Can I Make My Dentures Last?

Like many other dental appliances, dentures will have to be taken special care of to last for as long as intended, or even longer.

Here are a few tips to help you take better care of your dentures.

  • As much as possible, stand over a folded towel, or a basin of water, or carpeted floors, or basically, anything clean and soft, when handling your dentures. This is so as the denture doesn’t break when accidentally dropped.
  • Dentures should be placed in a glass of plain water or denture cleanser soaking solution when not being worn. Warm water is not advised as it can cause warping.
  • Dentures will have to be brushed like natural teeth to rid them of food deposits and prevent plaque build-up, as well as stains.
  • The gums, tongue and palate should also be brushed at least once every day. Preferably, use a soft-bristled brush and do this every morning, before the dentures are inserted.
  • Any breaks, chips, cracks on the dentures should be reported to the dentist immediately. So too should be any feeling of looseness. Any attempt of adjusting the dentures yourself may only result in irreversible damage.

Missing teeth don’t only look bad, they’re also bad for the health.

Visit your dentist today to have your missing teeth replaced with dentures so you can have your smile back again and for you to not have to suffer from further health complications resulting from missing teeth.

If you are interested in denture and would like more information, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultaion today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com to learn more.

Accepting patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and surrounding areas.

The Benefits in 3D ConeBeam Imaging in Dentistry | Palm Harbor Dentist

186932212Modern dentistry is slowly seeing an influx of the application of new techniques, procedures and technology, with the use of 3D digital imaging being just one of the many.

The use of 3D digital imaging marks an important achievement, as the technology offers dentists a wide variety of perspectives of the face, neck and teeth of their patients, making a more complete treatment plan.

3D ConeBeam Imaging, in particular, is considered as such a technology that can help dentists do a lot more than ever before. The technology is fast, simple and completely non-invasive. All the patient has to do is sit in the chair for a scan and that’s it. The dentist has a computer-generated view of the patient’s face, teeth and other important details from various perspectives.

For dental practitioners, access to accurate and complete information is important in planning treatment. The use of 3D ConeBeam Imaging helps in providing that information, making it beneficial for both dental practitioners and patients alike.

How Does 3D ConeBeam Imaging Work?

To put simply, the imaging system is basically an X-ray scanner, only it’s mounted on a rotating arm. The name “ConeBeam” stems from the system’s use of the scanner to project x-rays in a cone-shaped beam.

Patients simply have to sit in the chair will the scanner moves around their head to gather all the data necessary. There’s no preparation of any kind involved.

After the imaging system goes through the patient’s head, the dentist can then call up any necessary view on a computer monitor.

The imaging system allows dentists to view images of their patient’s entire mouth from just about any angle imaginable, with different magnifications. This accessibility makes it easier to see bones, teeth, airways, nerves, as well as tissues and see the relationship between them in order to create a more effective treatment plan.

3D ConeBeam Imaging produces high-quality images similar to that of a CT (CAT) scan, but only with much less radiation, making it a much safer approach.

What Makes It Different?

Traditionally, dentists relied on x-rays focused on their patient’s teeth to create treatment plans. While effective, the process is not exactly foolproof and there have been many cases of unintentional lapses because of the limited information given out by x-rays.

With the 3D ConeBeam Imaging system, dentists have a more complete visual guide to study their patient’s case from just about any angle they can think of. Even better is that the scan data is easy to duplicate for storage purposes and to make it easier to send out to different specialists later on.

The 3D ConeBeam Imaging System can benefit just about any patient, from those who’re just beginning treatment to those with recurring problems or those who are having their results evaluated.

Thanks to the more accurate, high-quality, detailed visual information produced by the imaging system, dentists have all the information they could possibly need to diagnose and plan out the proper course of action.

As the patient, you should be happy that your dentist has access to such technology, as the improved information allows you to be more confident and more satisfied with the treatment you’re receiving.

To find out more about the 3D ConeBeam Imaging system, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman and make an appointment 727-785-8017 or visit our website at www.dentist-lieberman.com.

Accepting patients from Safety Harbor, Palm Harbor, Clearwater, Dunedin, Tarpon Springs and all surrounding areas.

What is Botox?

facial rejuvenation botox and facial fillersBotox injections or Botox, for short, is the best known among a group of drugs using various forms of botulinum toxin, a toxin that’s produced by the same microbe that causes botulism, a type of food poisoning.

Botox is used in treating all sorts of condition in the medical field, mainly because of how it can cause the temporary paralysis of muscle activity. This makes it very useful for cases such as cervical dystonia or repetitive neck spasms, excessive sweating and overactive bladder. Though, there are also cases where Botox was used in treating crossed eyes, as well as chronic migraines.

Most prominently, however, Botox is to help make people look younger by reducing the appearance of certain facial wrinkles.

Botox in Dentistry

Dial back to a decade or two ago, it was hard to convince dentists that tooth whitening and orthodontic procedures were necessary for cosmetic reasons alone. The main focus of dentists back then was simply to make sure that their patient’s teeth were healthy and that nothing was wrong with them. Other concerns, such as how teeth looked were often overlooked or dismissed as long as the teeth were “healthy”.

These days, however, more and more dental professionals have realized that function and esthetic go hand-in-hand in achieving optimal health.

Still, you’ll wonder, what does that have to do with Botox earning a place in dentistry? It’s not like teeth have wrinkles, right?

Well, not exactly, but our faces and mainly, our jaws do have muscles and they’re prone to suffering from constant muscle spasms. Conditions such as bruxism, TMJ and others involving facial pain have been proven to benefit from Botox injections, though not all dentists are aware of this.

How Dental Patients and Dentists Can Mutually Can Benefit From Botox

Safe for treating conditions involving facial pain, Botox injections may also prove useful in many other dental cases, such as:

  • Botox, along with dermal fillers, are used and have been effective to some extent in treating high line cases without having to resort to far more invasive and aggressive forms of treatment.
  • In orthodontics, the teeth of patients with strong mentalis muscles are prone reverting back to pre-therapy positions. Botox can help with this by making the muscles weaker to allow more normal movement and prevent the undoing of the effects of the current treatment.
  • Patients who are still getting used to dentures can benefit from Botox, especially if they suffer from strong and consistent muscle contractions

While there are certainly concerns about how Botox should only be administered by doctors, it’s worth noting that most states in the United States allow dentists to use Botox for both therapeutic and cosmetic purposes.

Not only that, but local anesthesia, which is far more frequently used by dentists, is also a lot more dangerous and have greater potential for complications, as well as negative reactions compared to Botox or dermal fillers.

If the dentist has had necessary training, injecting Botox will be as easy as injecting a local anesthetic, albeit with far fewer possible complications.

Minimally invasive and very easy to administer, the use of Botox injections can present a lot of benefits for both patients and dentists alike.

For more information regarding Botox contact the office of Larry Lieberman DDS at 727-785-8017 or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com to learn more.

Understanding Dental Crowns and Tooth Bridges

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Dental crowns and tooth bridges are what’s known as fixed prosthetic devices. They are, unlike dentures, cemented onto existing teeth or other implants and can only be placed, as well as removed by a licensed dental practitioner.

How Dental Crowns Work

Crowns are used to cover damaged teeth to help strengthen it, as well as to improve its shape, appearance and alignment. Crowns can also be used and place on top of implants to make them look like normal teeth and to help them function as so.

Typically, crowns are made out of gold and metal alloys. But, porcelain and ceramic crowns also exist and can be used to match the color of the rest of your natural teeth.

Of the said materials, alloys are much stronger, as well as much more durable and are recommended to be used for back teeth. Porcelain may also be bonded to a metal shell for durable, yet attractive finish.

Generally, crowns are recommended for cases such as:

  • Replacing fillings so large that there just isn’t enough tooth remaining.
  • Protecting a weak tooth from further damage or fractures.
  • Restoration of a fractured tooth.
  • Attaching a dental bridge.
  • Covering a dental implant.
  • Covering a misshapen or discolored tooth.
  • Covering a tooth that had just recently undergone root canal treatment.

How Tooth Bridges Work

Missing teeth can cause an imbalance which may lead to a variety of dental problems, such as a bad bite, gum disease and even TMJ disorders. As such, those missing one or a couple of teeth may opt to get a dental bridge.

Dental bridges work by spanning the space left over by the missing teeth. They are cemented either to the natural teeth or to the implants, which are referred to as abutments now that they serve as anchors for the ridge.

Like with crowns, there are plenty of materials to choose from when it comes to dental bridges. Though, it is best that you let your dentist decide and discuss with you which material is best for your particular case.

Manufacturing and Fitting

Before a crown or bridge is manufactured or made, your tooth or teeth have to be prepared first. This is usually done by reducing it in size to make sure that the crown or bridge is a perfect fit. Once prepared, an impression will be taken that will be used as molding for the crown or bridge.

The said impression is then sent to a dental lab where your crown or bridge is made. Meanwhile, a temporary crown or bridge is placed to cover the prepared area. Once the permanent crown or bridge is ready, the temporary ones are then removed and the new, permanent ones are cemented in place.

Proper Care and Maintenance

Crowns and bridges are built to last for decades, but that does not mean that they’re not prone to breaking, becoming loose or even falling out.

The best way to make sure that your crown or bridge lasts long is to practice good oral hygiene. This includes brushing your teeth twice a day, learning how to use a dental floss and even rinsing with mouthwash. Of course, you shouldn’t forget to visit your dentist regularly as well, for regular checkups and cleaning.