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Botox and Dentistry

botoxTo say that Botox is a popular esthetic treatment is a vast understatement. Over 21 years has past since the introduction of botulinum toxin A injections (Botox) have been used for the unsightly frown lines between the eyes and smoothing of facial wrinkles. Botox treatments are the most commonly preformed minimally invasive cosmetic procedure in North America. There were nearly 2.5 million cosmetic procedures done with Botox in 2008 according to The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Women accounted for 92% of the total cosmetic procedures done. Botox cosmetic procedures accounted for 24% of all cosmetic procedures done in 2008. The safety records of Botox treatment is nearly unparalleled by just about any other delivered medication on the market. Continue reading Botox and Dentistry


Home Remedies for toothache pain

If there’s one list to keep handy–this is the one. It never fails that a major toothache hits when it’s late at night and your dentist’s office is closed. Although only a doctor can cure the source of the problem, this list of treatments & pain relief remedies should get you through the night until you can visit the dentist. Continue reading Home Remedies for toothache pain


Pain Remedies till you can get to the dentist

Toothache Cures From Your Kitchen Cabinet

blog 12Grab some clove oil. Oil of clove is an age-old home remedy. It works thanks to the chemical eugenol contained in the oil, which has anesthetic and antibacterial properties. To use it for tooth pain, soak a cotton ball with a mixture made of two to three drops of clove oil and ¼ teaspoon of olive oil. Put the cotton ball in your mouth near the tooth that hurts and bite down to keep it in place. One caution: Don’t go to sleep with the cotton ball still in your mouth. The FDA no longer considers this treatment effective enough to recommend it, although some dentists still believe it has benefits.Clove oil is available at pharmacies and health food stores. Continue reading Pain Remedies till you can get to the dentist


Innovative Tooth Decay Treatment Means End Of Drilling And Fillings

Scientists in the UK are developing a new dental technique that could eliminate the need for drilling and fillings.

Researchers at King’s College London are working on a tooth-rebuilding treatment that helps decayed teeth to repair themselves, reports the Daily Mail.

Dentists normally remove tooth decay by drilling, after which the cavity is filled with a material such as amalgam or composite resin.

The new two-step process, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralization (EAER), accelerates the natural movement of calcium and phosphate minerals into the damaged tooth.

The innovative treatment, to be commercialized by Reminova Ltd, prepares the damaged area of the enamel, then uses a tiny electric current to push minerals into the tooth to repair the damaged site.

The tooth is remineralized in a painless process that involves no injections, no drills and no filling materials.

Electric currents are already used by dentists to check the pulp or nerve of a tooth, notes The Independent.

The new technique may be available on the market in just three short years.

“The way we treat teeth today is not ideal – when we repair a tooth by putting in a filling, that tooth enters a cycle of drilling and re-filling as, ultimately, each ‘repair’ fails,” professor Nigel Pitts from the Dental Institute at King’s College London said in a statement.

“Not only is our device kinder to the patient and better for their teeth, but it’s expected to be at least as cost-effective as current dental treatments,” Pitts said. “Along with fighting tooth decay, our device can also be used to whiten teeth.”

While the technique is expected to replace the need for many existing fillings, the electric current probably will not work on late-stage cavities.



Why Is there Pain after a Root Canal

root canal

There are a number of possible causes of pain after the completion of a root canal. After a root canal is completed no living pulp tissue remains inside the tooth, but nerve endings remain in the ligaments that attach the tooth to the surrounding bone. These ligaments have nerve fiber associated with them that can feel pain. They are the source of any post root canal pain. Continue reading Why Is there Pain after a Root Canal



dental decay

Did you know that pediatric dental disease, also referred to as childhood tooth decay, is the #1 chronic childhood illness? When left untreated, childhood tooth decay can have devastasting Continue reading FACTS ABOUT TOOTH DECAY


Amalgam Tattoos

amalgum tattoo

What Is It?

You or your dentist may notice a gray, blue or black spot in your mouth that looks like a tattoo. Dentists call these spots amalgam tattoos. They can appear in the mouth of someone with amalgam fillings or metal false teeth (also known as “caps” or “crowns”). Amalgam fillings contain silver, tin, mercury, copper and zinc. Amalgam tattoos are made up of tiny metal particles from the filling or crown that become embedded in the tissue. They can appear on your gums, cheek, lips, tongue or the roof of the mouth (palate).
The tattoos are flat and usually quite small — only a few millimeters. But they’re relatively easy to see. Continue reading Amalgam Tattoos


Oral Piercings

oral piercing

Body piercing is a popular form of self-expression. Oral piercings or tongue splitting may look cool, but they can be dangerous to your health. That’s because your mouth contains millions of bacteria, and infection and swelling often occur with mouth piercings. For instance, your mouth and tongue could swell so much that you close off your airway or you could possibly choke if part of the jewelry breaks off in your mouth. In some cases, you could crack a tooth if you bite down too hard on the piercing, and repeated clicking of the jewelry against teeth can also cause damage. Oral piercing could also lead to more serious infections, like hepatitis or endocarditis. Continue reading Oral Piercings


Teeth Can Help Solve Health Mysteries

Less common dental issues, like the ones discussed below, may be indications of more serious potential health problems.


Crumbling or Cracked Teeth

Teeth are pretty durable, so it would be alarming to find that one of your teeth is breaking into pieces or cracking. This condition is common to those who tend to grind their teeth. However, teeth that break easily has also been linked to acid reflux and eating disorders. With both of these conditions, stomach acid wears away the enamel found on the surfaces of teeth. A broken or cracked tooth can turn into a bigger problem, so it’s important to get it treated as soon as possible.

A Mouth Wound Doesn’t Heal

According to the National Cancer Institute, more than 30,000 people are effected by oral cancer each year. One of the ways that can be  screened for oral cancer is to visually inspect each patient’s teeth and gums through regularly scheduled, comprehensive oral exams. If you notice that a wound in your mouth – usually caused by biting your tongue or the inside of your cheek – isn’t healing within a week or two,

Gum Tissue Covering a Tooth

One of the purposes of gum tissue is to hold teeth in place, not cover one or more of them up. This condition can occur and is generally a sign that doses of prescribed medication need to be changed, and as soon as possible – gum tissue that covers a tooth prevents good daily dental habits.

Cheeks Have White Webs

One of the more unusual dental conditions is called Lichen planus, which looks like “white webs” on the inside of cheeks. The cause for this condition is currently not known, and has been known to effect both men and women between the ages of about 30 to 70 years of age.

Dentures Develop Crust

Dentures are like teeth and gums in that they have to be cleaned thoroughly every single day. It turns out that cleaning dentures can save a life!

Not properly cleaning dentures means that debris is left on the surface, and denture wearers can breathe that debris into their lungs and cause inflammation of airways. This condition is known as Aspiration Pneumonia and is 100% preventable. Dentures should be removed each day, brushed and kept in a cup of cleansing solution when not worn.


5 Common Misconceptions about Adult Orthodontics

What you think you know about braces might need some straightening out. Some of the most common misconceptions about braces center on who wears them, how they look and feel, how long treatment lasts, and what types of problems they can correct. Debunking these myths will be helpful for adults considering braces in New Jersey.

No one cares that my teeth are crooked, really. Do they? The fact is that people do make judgments about others based on their appearance, and straight teeth are associated with intelligence and success. It’s no wonder that even celebrities have chosen to seek orthodontic treatment. There is no need to go through life with a less-than-perfect smile when so many options are available to correct it.

Braces are only for young people. I’ll look silly! While it is true that the wearing of braces is most commonly associated with middle schoolers and teenagers, the truth is that anyone at any age can benefit from orthodontic evaluation and treatment. The development of lingual orthodontics has improved the variety of treatment options available. These modern, discreet options have contributed to a rise in the percentage of adult orthodontic patients. Incognito Hidden Braces, which straighten teeth from behind, keep the brackets and wires completely out of sight, so that the wearer looks no different than he or she did before.

My teeth are too old and too crooked to fix. Severely misaligned teeth can present a challenge to any experienced orthodontist, but as long as the gums and bones are healthy, the right option is waiting for you. No one has to live with a smile he or she doesn’t love.

Correcting adult teeth with braces will take years. Each orthodontic patient’s case is unique, of course, and treatment times will vary. Incognito Hidden Braces offer a major advantage over removable systems in terms of the time needed to complete treatment, since the wearer does not have the option to take them out for any length of time. They are bonded to the backs of the teeth and are custom-fit to move the teeth into perfect alignment. Past wearers of Incognito Braces, when asked to review their experiences, often report finishing more quickly than they had originally expected.

Braces have to hurt to work. The notion of “the tighter the better” is incorrect. Yes, you may experience some discomfort as your teeth and gums acclimate to your lingual braces. As the treatment progresses, however, your mouth will adapt, and you won’t even notice your braces any more. Incognito Hidden Braces are customized to the individual, increasing the effectiveness of the treatment with minimal discomfort.