To 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
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
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
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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
Modern orthodontic practices have evolved considerably over the last 20 years. Back then, tooth extractions were all too frequent and large, traditional one-size-fits-all brackets and wires were the standard of care. Continue reading Advances in orthodontic technology make for faster, more comfortable treatment
If you’re looking for a relaxed, predictable career with few adjustments on the horizon, you might want to consider something other than dentistry! The dental industry is in a state of flux as changes in populations and technologies impact the daily operations of the dental practice. Yet new opportunities continually arise from this industry evolution, and those who are prepared to embrace the inevitable changes will lay a solid foundation for ongoing success. Following are several factors that will have a significant impact on dentistry into the future.
The dental patient populace has been growing steadily for several years due to the substantial size of the up-and-coming Millennial generation and increasing immigrant populations in various areas of the country. This changing demographic profile creates mounting pressure for multicultural dental environments, presenting a significant opportunity for dentists who can effectively address language barriers and dental education issues.
At the same time, we are seeing a considerable decline in the number of graduating dentists, with a gap each year between graduates and retirees. In addition, there is a slight decline in the number of hours worked by today’s younger practitioners, many of whom tend to value quality of life over income.
Consequently, just as the need for dental services is increasing, the capacity to provide those services is decreasing. This translates into meaningful opportunities for dental practices that choose to meet this growing demand through cultural outreach and expanded hours.
New developments in dental technology
Dental technologies are evolving quickly, driven primarily by the digitization of dental procedures. It’s become apparent that once a practice is able to create a digital record of impressions, new opportunities and efficiencies in dental solutions that were previously unavailable become possible.
Three areas of dental technology in particular will change rapidly over the next decade:
Implants – With digital technology, predicting and managing the outcome of the implant process is becoming far more scientific. Visual 3D programs are taking much of the guesswork out of this procedure, making it easier for dentists to calculate and control the end result. With the population’s increasing desire to have a permanent restoration rather than a removable device, we will see this space grow dramatically.
Same-day dentistry – The evolution in delivery of dental restorations has enabled a full procedure to be accomplished in a single appointment, rather than the two to three appointments for a new crown that was prevalent for so many years. With increased restoration efficiency, practices can increase productivity as well as patient satisfaction.
Orthodontics – Numerous factors are driving growth and innovation in the field of orthodontics. Digitization of patient records creates new opportunities to recommend and track orthodontic treatment. Procedures are becoming simpler and more accessible to patients, with multiple choices in types of appliances now available.
Many people experience dental anxiety and would rather endure discomfort in the mouth over a visit to the dentist. Typically, this anxiety stems from the anticipation of the pain rather than the pain itself. Other anxiety factors may include fear of the unknown, dental equipment, past experiences or being overly sensitive to pain. No matter what the case may be, modern dentistry continues to develop new techniques to alleviate various forms of anxiety.
As a dental professional, what are methods you can use to help your patients combat anxiety? Continue reading Dealing with Patient Anxiety: Are you helping or not?
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 does my tooth hurt after a root canal?
If you’re already brushing your teeth at least twice per day, you’re in great shape in terms of dental habits. But did you know you could get even more out of your brushing routine by making a few small tweaks in your method? Continue reading Good Dental Habits