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Why Botox Is Used in Dentistry | Palm Harbor Dentist

Botox injections 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. It’s used in treating all sorts of condition in the medical field because of the temporary paralysis of muscle activity, making it very useful for things like 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.

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 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.

Safe for treating conditions involving facial pain, Botox injections may also prove useful in many other dental cases. In orthodontics, the teeth of patients with strong mentalis muscles are prone reverting back to pre-therapy positions. 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 you’re interested in learning more about Botox, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. 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.

The Four Types of Wrinkles | Palm Harbor Dentist

470700001Whether we like it or not, nothing slows down time. We grow up and we get old. One of the symptoms of that is the appearance of wrinkles. Yes, there’s nothing we can do about it. Age is going to happen, but there’s plenty that you can do to help to stave off the effects of father time for a few more years.

But did you know there are more than one type of wrinkle? According to the researchers at the University Hospital of Liege, Belgium, there are four distinct types of wrinkles that everyone has to face eventually. These are:

Atrophic Crinkling Rhytids are the result of the loss of elasticity in the skin, 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. Because these wrinkles are the result of a loss of collagen, help stave them off 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.

Permanent Elastic Creases 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. 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.

Dynamic Expression lines 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. 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.

As gravity and time takes its toll on the human skin, it begins to fold and sag and that’s when Gravitational Fold 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. 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 save yourself a lot of cash by making sure that you don’t stay out of the sun too long and too often, using 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.

If you’re interested in Botox injections, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. 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.

Why Would I Get Botox at the Dentist? | Palm Harbor Dentist

Grandparent and daughterNo one likes change, but it’s bound to happen. No matter how hard you try to stop it, everything is going to continue to progress. 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”.

Botox injections, or Botox for short, 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. But, what does that have to do with Botox earning a place in dentistry? It’s not like teeth have wrinkles, right?

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

Safe for treating conditions involving facial pain, Botox injections may also prove useful in many other dental cases. 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 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 you’re interested in Botox injections, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. 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 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.

Get Rid of Those Wrinkles! | Botox and Facial Fillers | Palm Harbor, FL

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Dr. Larry Lieberman of Palm Harbor, FL is proud to offer the Facial Rejuvenation treatments Botox and Juvederm. Achieve a youthful glow without the appearance that you had anything done.

Call Dr. Lieberman for your next Facial Rejuvenation treatment at 727-785-8017 or visit the website at www.dentist-lieberman.com.

Accepting patients from Clearwater, Oldsmar, Tarpon Springs, Tampa, Eastlake and all surrounding areas.