What Is A Root Canal?

Root CanalA root canal is the procedure done to save a badly damaged tooth. Whether it is caused by decay or infection, this procedure is needed in order to refrain from having to remove the tooth. During the procedure you will receive a local anesthetic in order to dull the pain while the root canal is taking place. This procedure can be done locally at a family dentist in Clearwater, Florida.

Root Canal Procedure

The root canal is the natural cavity within the tooth. Inside of the cavity also lies the soft area known as the pulp, and the tooth’s nerve. During the procedure, your family dentist or dental specialist will remove the pulp and the nerve from the inside of the damaged tooth. Contrary to what some may think, the removal of the nerve will not affect the everyday functions of the tooth. Its only purpose is to distinguish between the senses of hot and cold. Continue reading “What Is A Root Canal?”

What Causes Bad Breath?

Bad BreathHalitosis. This is a scientific term for something that far too many Americans have. If it is bringing you down, you need to find an answer to fix the problem right away. No one wants to smell your bad breath. Luckily there are ways to prevent, mask, and cover it up.

Bacteria

Bad breath is from bacteria that causes odor grows in the mouth. It accumulates of left over bits of food left in between your teeth and in your mouth. Sulfur compounds are released to make your breath smell. This all happens because you do not brush your teeth and floss regularly. Continue reading “What Causes Bad Breath?”

How to Make An Emergency Dental Kit

Dental Emergency Kit
Dental Emergency Kit

Almost everyone has a first aid kit in their home. Often they have one in their car as well so they are prepared for emergencies while they are out and about. You may want to consider putting together your own emergency dental kit to provide help with any dental trauma situation that you may come along. The things inside can help in the event of a toothache, loose crown, or broken and knocked out teeth when you do not have access to a dental office immediately. Here are some things that you should put together to keep as a dental emergency kit. Continue reading “How to Make An Emergency Dental Kit”

How to Handle Tooth Trauma

Tooth Trauma
Tooth Trauma

Dental emergencies can happen any time and in any place. You can only hope that you are close to a dental office when something happens, and that it is open.  It is important to know how to handle a tooth trauma situation so that when one such case presents itself, you are prepared. Here is some information about how you can handle someone losing a permanent tooth. Continue reading “How to Handle Tooth Trauma”

Common Dental Questions

Teeth
Teeth

If you have a dentist appointment in your near future, you may be wondering what you should ask your dentist during the visit. These questions will likely have to do with issues that you are having or information that you do not know about your mouth. Here some questions and the answers to things that you could ask your dentist.

New Methods in Preventing Tooth Decay

Be sure to ask your dentist if there are any new methods to prevent and treat tooth decay. There are several new treatments in the development stages. There is an experimental technique using fluorescent lights to detect developing cavities long before traditional means can detect them. There is also a feeling technique being researched that helps prevent further tooth decay by releasing fluoride slowly over time around you’re filling and on adjacent teeth. Continue reading “Common Dental Questions”

How Does the dentist Treat a Cavity

Cavity
Cavity

If you have never had a cavity, you may be clueless as to how the dentist actually treats this problem. By understanding exactly what a cavity is and how your dentist is going to resolve the issue, you can be prepared for the experience. Here is the information that you need to know so you know exactly what to expect if during your next dental office visit a cavity is found. Continue reading “How Does the dentist Treat a Cavity”

How to Prevent Bad Breath

Bad Breath
Bad Breath

There are many ways to prevent and cover up bad breath. It is important to know what is causing your bad breath to know what will work best in your situation. There are a variety of things that can be causing it that should be fixed in order to stop bad breath from returning. Here are some causes of bad breath and ways that you can prevent it from returning in the future. Continue reading “How to Prevent Bad Breath”

Alternative Uses for Botox

Migraine
Woman with a Migraine

Botox has long been used to improve facial features by removing wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and forehead. Botulinum toxin has been successfully used for more than 20 years now to help smooth out facial wrinkles. It is an injectible substance which is used by many cosmetic surgeons in New Jersey. By 2008 it was reported that almost one fourth of all cosmetic procedures performed used Botox which is a form of purified protein. Smoothing out the facial features is by far the most common cosmetic use for Botox, but over the last few years many other uses have been discovered.

Excessive Sweating

Between 2 and 3 percent of the population are affected by a condition called hyperhidrosis, or excessive sweating. When topical solutions fail to work, many turn to Botox injections to help bring some relief. Several Botox injections are given which will block the release of the chemicals which stimulate the sweat gland. Botox can help limit or even stop sweating for up to 4 months, but long term maintenance can be scheduled.

Dental Uses

This injectible filler can be used by medical professionals other than cosmetic surgeons. Dentists use Botox for treating an enlarged jaw muscle. The masseter is used for chewing and when it is overused by excessive gum chewing or clenching of the teeth, then it can become enlarged and can cause difficulty with eating. When Botox is injected into this muscle it causes it to atrophy so that it becomes smaller and comes back into alignment with the face which brings much relief to sufferers. Typically, a patient will experience relief for about 3 to 4 months before needing another treatment.

Migraine Headaches

The FDA recently approved the use of Botox in the treatment of chronic migraines. Migraines have traditionally been a very difficult condition to treat and can be accompanied by a wide variety of uncomfortable symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, dizziness or sensitivity to light. The truth is that physicians are not even quite sure how Botox works to relieve migraines, but they know that symptoms are relieved by its use. It is typically injected in seven areas around the forehead, temples, neck and shoulders.  The main theory that most physicians adhere to is that it somehow prevents the pain signals from reaching the sensitive nerve endings.

Muscle Spasms

The original use for Botox was to treat both uncontrollable blinking and crossed eyes. Botox worked to weaken the muscles which caused the spasms which made the eyes cross. One patient noticed that it was also reducing her wrinkles, so she requested that the physician continue administering it even though she no longer had the spasms or uncontrolled blinking. It has also been used to relieve other muscle spasms. It has specifically been used to treat the platysma bands, or vertical bands in the neck area. This area can experience very painful spasms which are very uncomfortable. The use of Botox and some physical therapy has yielded very positive results. Another muscle spasm that causes some individuals discomfort is the muscle contractions which affect the bladder. Overactive bladder is a condition which is caused by spasms in the urinary muscles. Just like many other procedures, Botox calms the affected muscles and causes the unwanted contractions to cease which brings the patient relief. Some have also found relief from the spasms associated with multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy. This is because an injection of Botox causes the muscles to relax which allows the patient to have fewer contractions and spasms. Through Botox injections many patients have found relief from various discomforts that are caused by various types of spasms or muscle contractions.

 

Types of Dental Implants

Dental Treatment
Dental Implants

Many residents in Livingston are trying to decide whether or not dental implants are for them or not. Most of the time, dental implants are considered to be a form of cosmetic surgery since they are a method for replacing missing teeth. Dental implants are surgically fused to the jawbone just beneath the gums. These metal posts can provide a stable form of support to which artificial teeth are attached. When dentures or bridges are mounted to the implants it will provide security so that they will not slip especially when speaking or eating. Crowns are sometimes placed over the implants and feel much more natural than simple conventional dentures or bridges. Because they are typically considered to be a cosmetic surgery, implants are not always covered by insurance. Some carriers pay less than 10 percent of the costs. Continue reading “Types of Dental Implants”

How to Get a Whiter Smile

Beautiful smile
Bright White Teeth

Over time the appearance of our teeth can become dull and even stained. Many things can be the main causes such as smoking. But teeth can also become darkened by drinking beverages such as coffee, tea or red wine as well. No matter what we all like to smile, but sometimes we hold back because of embarrassment about our darkened teeth. One of the most commonly requested cosmetic dentistry procedure in New Jersey is teeth whitening. Why? Because we do not want to be embarrassed when we smile. We can make an appointment with a cosmetic dentist to have our teeth whitened. After the treatment we will still need to practice certain habits in order to keep our smiles white. Here are some ways of obtaining and keeping a whiter smile. Continue reading “How to Get a Whiter Smile”