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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.

Snap on a New Smile | Palm Harbor Dentist

Are you looking for a cosmetic procedure that will enhance your smile? What would you say if I said it was possible without having to endure the pains of shots and drilling? Would you believe me? Would you give it a try? It’s true. Now you can have a brand-new smile without the painful procedures with Snap On Smile.

Snap On Smile is a new, innovative cosmetic procedure that only takes two simple visits. After your impressions have been taken, your Snap On Smile will be made from a strong, stain-free resin that can be snapped in and out over your natural teeth.

No, they aren’t dentures. Snap On Smile is made from a crystalized resin, this material is thin, flexible and fits comfortably against your teeth and gums. By using the natural curvature of your teeth your Snap On Smile is able to stay in place. Snap On Smiles are customizable, which means your dentist will help choose the tooth shape and whiteness level you prefer.

It is an excellent choice for:

  • Gaps, crooked, stained or missing teeth
  • Those who are not candidates for bridges or implants
  • Anyone who would like a Hollywood smile without the expense and discomfort of complex and invasive dental procedures
  • Anyone who has an old-fashioned removable partial denture and wants a beautiful, more comfortable alternative

Avoid living with gapped, chipped, or stained teeth. Snap On Smile may be the solution for you. If you think it’s time to rejuvenate your smile, schedule an appointment with your dental professional to find out if you are an ideal candidate.

If you’re interested in learning more about Snap On Smile, 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.

Pros and Cons of Crowns, Bridges and Implants | Palm Harbor Dentist

dental crown and bridge palm harbor flThere are many risk factors that can result in tooth loss, such as injury, disease or tooth decay. Thankfully due to modern dentistry, proper dental treatments can replace your missing teeth while improving your confidence and smile. Before you choose which dental treatment to replace missing teeth, you should take the following into consideration:

Longevity. If taken of care of properly, dental implants can last many years. The crown may have to be replaced every 10-15 years due to normal wear and tear, but the implant itself is permanent. Dental bridges typically need to be replaced periodically, but can last up to 10 year or more by practicing proper oral hygiene

Long-term oral health. Bone and tissues loss occurs underneath dental bridges where the tooth was missing or extracted, which can cause the remaining teeth to become unstable. Dental implants, on the other hand, are the only dental restorations that simulate bone growth, which preserves both the bone and gums.

Oral hygiene. Using a specific type of floss and other dental tools are required to clean underneath the dental bridge and to keep them free of plaque. Dental implants require excellent oral hygiene, but can be brushed and flossed just like natural teeth.

Appearance. While modern bridges look natural, as the bone and gum tissue are lost over time, gaps can form underneath the dental appliance. Dental implants deliver the high-quality aesthetic results. The crown arises through the top of your gums in the same way a natural tooth would.

If you’re interested in learning more about cosmetic dental options, 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.

Do I Have TMJ Disorder? | Palm Harbor Dentist

Individuals suffering from Temporomandibular Joint Disorder, or TMJ, experience many symptoms such as discomfort and pain in areas surrounding the face or jaw. But what is TMJ? TMJ is the joint where your lower jaw is attached to your skull, so you have TMJs on both sides of your face. Problems related to said joints are classified as TMJ disorders. Common examples of TMJ disorders are frequent migraines, having trouble sleeping and difficulty in closing, as well as opening the mouth. TMJ may also result in a number of other problems, including:

  • Pain in your facial area.
  • Pain in your ears, ringing, as well as congestion.
  • Popping and sometimes pain in the jaw when opening and closing the mouth.
  • Pain and stiffness in the shoulder, back and neck.
  • Numbness in your arms, more specifically your hands and fingers.
  • Problems with posture.

There are a series of remedies recommended in order to alleviate tension found in those areas. Some of these include:

  • Facial exercises such as stretching, relaxing, or massaging the muscles found around the jaw
  • Evading actions such as yawning, singing, or excessive chewing.
  • Learning new stress relieving techniques including but not limited to: meditation, breathing exercises, or personal stress relievers.
  • Formulating an exercise plan in order to increase our pain tolerance.

Patients suffering from TMJ should follow these few techniques in order to alleviate TMJ pain and symptoms. If symptoms worsen, you are encouraged to schedule an appointment immediately with our friendly staff. There are various treatments a sleep specialist can offer.

If you’re interested in learning more about TMJ disorder, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDSat 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.

CEREC: Fix Your Smile in a Day | Palm Harbor Dentist

dental crown and bridge palm harbor flWe all consider our time to be very important. And that’s one of the reasons we offer the advanced CEREC technology, capable of producing a dental crown in just one day! CEREC is a CAD/CAM technology, computer-assisted design and computer-assisted manufacture system and allows your dentist to make you a customized crown in just one visit.

A crown is a functional covering that dentists put over a damaged or decayed tooth or teeth after the dentist has removed the defective area to strengthen a tooth and improve appearance.

Before, making crowns consisted of multiple visits. First, is the consultation. They take a dental impression to make a mold of your tooth, then send it to the lab to make your crown. After a few weeks your crown is ready, so you would come back to have it placed. But with advancements in dental technology like the CEREC system, you can get all of this done in one day, saving you lots of time.

Another advantage of the CEREC technology is precision. The scanner the dentist uses takes excellent 3D images of your jawline and the computer the dentist uses takes excellent images of the area for the crown. Instead of porcelain, these one day crowns are made with an enamel-like material. No metal is used, making the detection of cavities easier.  And because we know that how your teeth look is important to you, they can color your crown in a day to match your existing teeth.

If you’re interested in learning more about CEREC crowns, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDSat 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.

Crowns and Bridges: For My Mouth? | Palm Harbor Dentist

461777879There are times in life where we will all lose or damage an existing tooth. In order to restore our flawed smile, we will require the use of a dental implant. Then you hear about crowns and bridges, and you’re confused. Which is which and what is the difference?

Dental crowns and bridges are dental prosthetic devices that are cemented onto existing teeth or implants. Unlike dentures, which can be taken out, crowns and bridges can only be removed by a dentist. Which procedure is right for you requires a dental examination and treatment plan.

First the bridge. Like a bridge we would encounter driving along, dental bridges are used to replace one or more missing teeth, making the gap no longer existent. They are cemented to existing teeth or implants that surround an empty space, serving as anchors for the bridge. Porcelain is the most common material choice because it can be matched to the color of your natural teeth.

Bridges are dental restorations that span the gap left by missing teeth and is connected to the teeth adjacent to the space left behind. Typically, bridges consist of filler teeth, which are anchored or attached, then bonded to a crown or the surrounding teeth. The procedure for bridges is easy and rarely takes no longer than two visits, and rarely require surgery. This is a huge advantage to those that have dental anxiety. But dental bridges are cheap, especially when compared to the initial costs of other procedures, such as dentures and implants.

Dental crowns serve a different purpose; they cover a damaged tooth. They do not go hand-in-hand with bridges, as crowns used for lots of reasons, repairing the tooth’s appearance or shape, and to fix alignment issues.  As with bridges, crowns can be made of porcelain but as you can see, there are many dental issues that can be repaired with a dental crown:

  • To attach a bridge
  • Replace a filling when not enough tooth remains
  • Protecting weak teeth
  • Fractured tooth
  • Cover a dental implant
  • Cover a discolored tooth
  • Cover a tooth that has had a root canal

Crowns and bridges are fairly easy to take care of once applied. Practice good oral hygiene by brushing and flossing and seeing your dentist on a regular basis. Also, steer clear of chewing hard foods such as ice or hard candies. Follow these simple rules and your crowns and bridges could last a lifetime!

If you’re interested in dental crowns or bridges, 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.

Scared of the Dentist? Don’t Be. | Palm Harbor Dentist

494183909If you ask anyone to name one of their biggest issues are regarding the upkeep of their health, a large percentage of them will say, “I hate the dentist”. If you ask why that is, chances are the response will be one of two things: the needles or that numbness that seems to last long after the procedure is complete. Unfortunately, there are a lot of needles used in your typical dentist office, and in order to help relieve your anxiety, some type of sedation is administered during the visit. And for many, this makes something as simple as a dental check-up a dreaded fact of life. And we ought to do this TWICE a year?!?! Yikes!

The problem is, one can never be too sure what will happen when they see the dentist, and this causes a lot of fear as the dental appointment slowly creeps up on us. In fact, there is an official diagnosis for this fear. It is called Dental Anxiety, or DA. So, see? You are not alone.

Thankfully, there have been a lot of advancements in the world of dental procedures. Now we utilize the digital age by working with technologies like lasers, digital radiology & impressions, and even social media. Yes, even social media can help ease your fears as a particular dental procedure looms near. The advancement that has come the furthest has been laser technology by far. In 2012, Convergent Dental introduced an isotopic CO₂ dental laser that can perform more than 95% of restorative treatment WITHOUT the use of needles. No need for needles, no need for anesthesia. Can you imagine?

It gets even better. Braces are no longer metal cages surrounding all of your teeth since the development of Invisalign. With 3-D technology, invisible aligners can be custom made for you, and as you follow your treatment plan, these subtle aligners will begin slowly straightening your teeth week by week. No popped wires, no head gear, no more awful selfies. It truly is a revolutionary development for all teenagers worldwide.

Now, what if you need a more difficult procedure, like a crown or veneers? A state-of-the-art procedure has been developed to not only make your procedure less painful, but also much more hassle-free than it’s ever been. Chairside Economical Restorations of Esthetic Ceramic (CEREC®) uses computers to design and manufacture ceramic restorations that are metal-free, tooth-colored and completely finished in one single dental visit. Yes, you heard it right. One visit. Are you starting to feel a little bit better now?

But what if you are one of those patients that will forever have a problem relaxing with a dentist? We know you’re nervous, but now we can offer you an oral sedative to settle those nerves enough for you to get through your visit, without IV sedatives or general anesthesia. At our Riverside dental location, we make it our business to provide you with the smile of your dreams, while making you feel comfortable at each visit by utilizing every type of dental technology available. So don’t be afraid. Give us a call to set up your next dental appointment. We aren’t your grandparents’ dentist anymore…

To find out more, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding restorative dentistry.

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

Would I Be a Good Candidate for Porcelain Veneers?

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Do you find yourself avoiding smiling in social situations or in public due to the appearance of your teeth? If the answer is yes, you are not alone, as there are several people that are unhappy with the appearance of their smile.

Luckily, there have been many advances in cosmetic dentistry that allow dental professionals to enhance and improve your smile. One of the more popular options in cosmetic dentistry include the use of porcelain veneers. Porcelain veneers are thin shells of porcelain that are customized to match your natural teeth and blend in seamlessly, creating extremely natural looking results. The porcelain veneers are bonded directly onto your natural tooth to conceal imperfections.

Am I an ideal candidate?

Porcelain veneers are an appropriate choice for several dental problems. You may be an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers if:

You have severely stained teeth. While most whitening methods are highly effective in treating mild to moderate teeth discoloration, extremely dark stains will not respond to teeth whitening treatments. Porcelain veneers will cover up any dark stains, including internal discoloration.

You have many cosmetic problems you’d like to improve.  Porcelain veneers are a very versatile dental treatment. For example, if you have mildly misshapen teeth, a cracked tooth and some stained teeth, you can correct all of these dental issues with porcelain veneers.

You have minor cosmetic imperfections in the structure of your teeth. Porcelain veneers are great choice to conceal minor imperfections in your teeth, such as chips, cracks, discoloration and teeth that are slightly misshapen. While dental bonding can treat this dental problems as well, porcelain veneers provide much more natural looking results.

You have good oral health. Before undergoing any cosmetic dentistry procedures, it is very important that you have good oral health. If you have any dental problems, such as gum disease or tooth decay, you should have them treated beforehand to increase your chances of being an ideal candidate for porcelain veneers.

You have enough tooth enamel. Porcelain veneers are bonded to your tooth enamel. Although your dentist will have to remove a thin layer of your tooth, the underlying enamel remains. If you don’t have enough enamel, the porcelain veneer won’t have a strong bonding surface to adhere to your tooth.

You have fairly straight teeth.  Porcelain veneers can help correct mildly crooked teeth, however, if your teeth are severely misaligned or you have a bad bite, you won’t be a good candidate for veneers. Severally misaligned teeth can put pressure on your teeth and cause a porcelain veneer to crack.

You don’t clench or grind your teeth. Grinding your teeth, commonly referred to as bruxism, is known to damage porcelain veneers. The same applies is you consistently bite your nails, chew ice, or use your teeth as tools.

You practice proper oral hygiene daily. Porcelain veneers are placed on the surface of your teeth, making it extremely important to keep your gums and teeth healthy by practicing proper oral hygiene. Proper oral hygiene involve you brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes each session and flossing at least once. It’s also very important to visit your dentist for checkups on a regular basis.

If you’re interested porcelain veneers and would like to see if you would be an ideal candidate, contact Dr. Larry Lieberman, DDS at 727-785-8017 to schedule a consultation today. Or visit www.dentist-lieberman.com for additional information regarding porcelain veneers.

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.

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.